- The definition of corroborate is to take an action to make something more certain.
An example of corroborate is to provide details that explain what happened at a crime scene.
transitive verbcorroborated, corroborating
- Obsolete to strengthen
- to make more certain the validity of; confirm; bolster; support: evidence to corroborate his testimony
Origin of corroborate; from Classical Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare, to strengthen ; from com-, intensive + roborare ; from robur, strength: see robust
transitive verbcor·rob·o·rat·ed, cor·rob·o·rat·ing, cor·rob·o·rates
Origin of corroborateLatin corrōborāre, corrōborāt- : com-, com- + rōborāre, to strengthen (from rōbur, rōbor-, strength; see reudh- in Indo-European roots).
- cor·rob′o·ra′tive , cor·rob′o·ra·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present corroborates, present participle corroborating, simple past and past participle corroborated)
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