Definition of corroborate in English:



  • Confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding):

    ‘the witness had corroborated the boy's account of the attack’
    • ‘Observations and data from focus groups corroborated these findings.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, functional neuroimaging data appeared to corroborate this finding.’
    • ‘Further study using a greater number of mares is justified to corroborate the findings of this experiment.’
    • ‘Replication in larger sample sizes are needed to corroborate this negative finding.’
    • ‘The doubted statement is corroborated to a greater or lesser extent by the other statements or circumstances with which it fits in.’
    • ‘The entire village council gave statements, corroborating the complaint.’
    • ‘This had enabled the prosecution to successfully question his recollection of events, despite other witnesses corroborating his testimony of a break-in.’
    • ‘New, negative field evidence corroborates these findings.’
    • ‘As I have explained she has produced no documentary or other evidence to corroborate those bald assertions.’
    • ‘Yet, as Media Matters pointed out at the time, nothing in the report corroborates such assertions.’
    • ‘There are heat shield plates around the array that have been badly burned to corroborate our theory.’
    • ‘But yesterday agents who looked further into the raw intelligence said they had found no evidence to corroborate the threat.’
    • ‘What he could do is extend an apology, as he has no evidence whatsoever to corroborate his deplorable allegation.’
    • ‘Council officials however said there is no evidence to corroborate these accusations.’
    • ‘As well as corroborating the findings in the previous two sections, this also provides more evidence to suggest that different precursor proteins are imported into chloroplasts via the same import machinery.’
    • ‘A study by researchers corroborates the statement of doctors here.’
    • ‘Our results corroborate such findings, particularly with respect to intervention assignment.’
    • ‘Searching around the internet, I wasn't able to find anything to corroborate this statement.’
    • ‘The only statistical data I have to corroborate my statement is observation.’
    • ‘In the course of the last three weeks, substantial evidence has been presented to the Senate corroborating these allegations.’
    confirm, verify, endorse, ratify, authenticate, validate, certify
    support, back up, back, uphold, stand by, bear out, bear witness to, attest to, testify to, vouch for, give credence to, substantiate, sustain, bolster, reinforce, lend weight to
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘make physically stronger’): from Latin corroborat- strengthened, from the verb corroborare, from cor- together + roborare, from robur strength.