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’
    • ‘A study by researchers corroborates the statement of doctors here.’
    • ‘Further study using a greater number of mares is justified to corroborate the findings of this experiment.’
    • ‘The only statistical data I have to corroborate my statement is observation.’
    • ‘There are heat shield plates around the array that have been badly burned to corroborate our theory.’
    • ‘As I have explained she has produced no documentary or other evidence to corroborate those bald assertions.’
    • ‘What he could do is extend an apology, as he has no evidence whatsoever to corroborate his deplorable allegation.’
    • ‘The entire village council gave statements, corroborating the complaint.’
    • ‘Replication in larger sample sizes are needed to corroborate this negative finding.’
    • ‘Observations and data from focus groups corroborated these findings.’
    • ‘Our results corroborate such findings, particularly with respect to intervention assignment.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, functional neuroimaging data appeared to corroborate this finding.’
    • ‘Yet, as Media Matters pointed out at the time, nothing in the report corroborates such assertions.’
    • ‘In the course of the last three weeks, substantial evidence has been presented to the Senate corroborating these allegations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New, negative field evidence corroborates these findings.’
    • ‘But yesterday agents who looked further into the raw intelligence said they had found no evidence to corroborate the threat.’
    • ‘This had enabled the prosecution to successfully question his recollection of events, despite other witnesses corroborating his testimony of a break-in.’
    • ‘Council officials however said there is no evidence to corroborate these accusations.’
    • ‘The doubted statement is corroborated to a greater or lesser extent by the other statements or circumstances with which it fits in.’
    • ‘Searching around the internet, I wasn't able to find anything to corroborate this statement.’
    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.