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corroborate

[verb kuh-rob-uh-reyt; adjective kuh-rob-er-it] /verb kəˈrɒb əˌreɪt; adjective kəˈrɒb ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), corroborated, corroborating.
1.
to make more certain; confirm:
He corroborated my account of the accident.
adjective
2.
Archaic. confirmed.
Origin of corroborate
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin corrōborātus past participle of corrōborāre to strengthen, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōbor(āre) to make strong (derivative of rōbor, rōbur oak (hence, strength); see robust) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
corroborative
[kuh-rob-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /kəˈrɒb əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
corroboratory, adjective
corroboratively, corroboratorily, adverb
corroborator, noun
noncorroborating, adjective
noncorroborative, adjective
noncorroboratively, adverb
noncorroboratory, adjective
uncorroborated, adjective
uncorroborative, adjective
uncorroboratively, adverb
uncorroboratory, adjective
Can be confused
collaborate, corroborate.
Synonyms
1. verify, authenticate, support, validate.
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Examples from the Web for corroborate
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  • The known facts, too, all corroborate this inference: let us consider them a little.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • I should judge, from that, he has an inkling of its value, and wants merely to corroborate it.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • And he broke out into one of his most discordant cackles to corroborate his boast.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Every one hastened to corroborate this verdict with some piece of evidence.

    The Cold Snap Edward Bellamy
  • And there were others, of course, to corroborate your story?

British Dictionary definitions for corroborate

corroborate

verb (kəˈrɒbəˌreɪt)
1.
(transitive) to confirm or support (facts, opinions, etc), esp by providing fresh evidence: the witness corroborated the accused's statement
adjective (archaic) (kəˈrɒbərɪt)
2.
serving to corroborate a fact, an opinion, etc
3.
(of a fact) corroborated
Derived Forms
corroboration, noun
corroborative (kəˈrɒbərətɪv), corroboratory, adjective
corroboratively, adverb
corroborator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin corrōborāre to invigorate, from rōborāre to make strong, from rōbur strength, literally: oak
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Word Origin and History for corroborate
v.

1530s, "to give (legal) confirmation to," from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare "to strengthen, invigorate," from com- "together" or "thoroughly" (see com-) + roborare "to make strong," from robur, robus "strength," (see robust).

Meaning "to strengthen by evidence, to confirm" is from 1706. Sometimes in early use the word also has its literal Latin sense, especially of medicines. Related: Corroborated; corroborating; corroborative.

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