corroborate

[verb kuh-rob-uh-reyt; adjective kuh-rob-er-it]
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verb (used with object), cor·rob·o·rat·ed, cor·rob·o·rat·ing.
  1. to make more certain; confirm: He corroborated my account of the accident.
adjective
  1. Archaic. confirmed.

Origin of corroborate

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 formscor·rob·o·ra·tive [kuh-rob-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /kəˈrɒb əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjectivecor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, cor·rob·o·ra·to·ri·ly, adverbcor·rob·o·ra·tor, nounnon·cor·rob·o·rat·ing, adjectivenon·cor·rob·o·ra·tive, adjectivenon·cor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·rat·ed, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjective
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corroborate

verb (kəˈrɒbəˌreɪt)
  1. (tr) to confirm or support (facts, opinions, etc), esp by providing fresh evidencethe witness corroborated the accused's statement
adjective (kəˈrɒbərɪt) archaic
  1. serving to corroborate a fact, an opinion, etc
  2. (of a fact) corroborated
Derived Formscorroboration, nouncorroborative (kəˈrɒbərətɪv) or corroboratory, adjectivecorroboratively, adverbcorroborator, noun

Word Origin for corroborate

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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