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corroborate Syllabification: cor·rob·o·rate
Pronunciation: /kəˈräbəˌrāt/

Definition of corroborate in English:


[with object]
Confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding): the witness had corroborated the boy’s account of the attack
More example sentences
  • New, negative field evidence corroborates these findings.
  • The entire village council gave statements, corroborating the complaint.
  • But yesterday agents who looked further into the raw intelligence said they had found no evidence to corroborate the threat.
confirm, verify, endorse, ratify, authenticate, validate, certify;
support, back up, uphold, bear out, bear witness to, attest to, testify to, vouch for, give credence to, substantiate, sustain


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

  • If someone corroborates an account or story, the facts are strengthened. Corroborate was first recorded in the sense ‘make physically stronger’ from the Latin verb corroborare ‘strengthen’ from robur ‘strength’ source of robust (mid 16th century).



Pronunciation: /kəˈräb(ə)rədiv/
Example sentences
  • Most of the examples we use to illustrate the theoretical constructs we propose here come from our own data corpus, supported by corroborative cases from the literature whenever possible.
  • All too rarely is corroborative material offered in support.
  • I was most concerned there was an attempt to mould them so they were corroborative, which I felt was misguided and false.


Pronunciation: /kəˈräbəˌrādər/
Example sentences
  • I told my mother what I'd seen and she said ‘Well, we'll have to ring June’ who is the local birdwatching corroborator.
  • That is right, but there could be cases, could there not, where the applicant has been so comprehensively destroyed that that leads you to disbelieve the corroborator?
  • Any competent investigator would have to stop right here and point out that the corroborator's testimony has been corrupted by the method of inquiry.


Pronunciation: /kəˈräb(ə)rəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • It still needs more corroboratory research, but it looks like it is good for you!
  • The corroboratory evidence of history tells us that lawyers have controlled the arguments in parliament for over 500 years.

Words that rhyme with corroborate

liberate • reverberate

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