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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.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. confirmed.
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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
Can be confusedcollaborate corroborate

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  • The schoolmaster glanced at me inquiringly and I corroborated the lad's accusation.

  • When it is corroborated, I expect we shall have no trouble in forming the company.'

  • Martin corroborated the assertion of the Strawberry, that there was fire in the woods.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat

  • Winder repeated it to the court, and word for word Jackson corroborated it.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • This statement is corroborated by many passages in the Acts, such as xviii.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani


British Dictionary definitions for corroborated

corroborate

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

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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