Definition of corroborate in US English:

corroborate

verb

[with object]
  • 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.’
    • ‘The entire village council gave statements, corroborating the complaint.’
    • ‘The only statistical data I have to corroborate my statement is observation.’
    • ‘Further study using a greater number of mares is justified to corroborate the findings of this experiment.’
    • ‘Council officials however said there is no evidence to corroborate these accusations.’
    • ‘What he could do is extend an apology, as he has no evidence whatsoever to corroborate his deplorable allegation.’
    • ‘The doubted statement is corroborated to a greater or lesser extent by the other statements or circumstances with which it fits in.’
    • ‘Our results corroborate such findings, particularly with respect to intervention assignment.’
    • ‘Observations and data from focus groups corroborated these findings.’
    • ‘There are heat shield plates around the array that have been badly burned to corroborate our theory.’
    • ‘Replication in larger sample sizes are needed to corroborate this negative finding.’
    • ‘Searching around the internet, I wasn't able to find anything to corroborate this statement.’
    • ‘This had enabled the prosecution to successfully question his recollection of events, despite other witnesses corroborating his testimony of a break-in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New, negative field evidence corroborates these findings.’
    • ‘As I have explained she has produced no documentary or other evidence to corroborate those bald assertions.’
    • ‘But yesterday agents who looked further into the raw intelligence said they had found no evidence to corroborate the threat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘make physically stronger’): from Latin corroborat- ‘strengthened’, from the verb corroborare, from cor- ‘together’ + roborare, from robur ‘strength’.

Pronunciation

corroborate

/kəˈräbəˌrāt//kəˈrɑbəˌreɪt/