transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Date: 1657 1. to give substance or form to ; embody 2. to establish by proof or competent evidence ; verify <
substantiate a charge
Synonyms: see confirmsubstantiation nounsubstantiative adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Substantiate — Sub*stan ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Substantiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Substantiating}.] 1. To make to exist; to make real. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. To establish the existence or truth of by proof or competent evidence; to verify; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • substantiate — (v.) 1650s, to make real, to give substance to, from Mod.L. substantiatus, pp. of substantiare, from L. substantia (see SUBSTANCE (Cf. substance)). Meaning to demonstrate or prove is attested from 1803. Related: Substantiated; substantiating …   Etymology dictionary

  • substantiate — verify, corroborate, *confirm, authenticate, validate Analogous words: *prove, demonstrate, try, test …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • substantiate — [v] back up a statement, idea actualize, affirm, approve, attest to, authenticate, bear out, check out, check up, complete, confirm, corroborate, debunk, demonstrate, establish, incarnate, justify, manifest, materialize, objectify, personify,… …   New thesaurus

  • substantiate — ► VERB ▪ provide evidence to support or prove the truth of. DERIVATIVES substantiation noun. ORIGIN Latin substantiare give substance …   English terms dictionary

  • substantiate — [səb stan′shē āt΄] vt. substantiated, substantiating [< ModL substantiatus, pp. of substantiare < L substantia,SUBSTANCE] 1. to give substance or true existence to 2. to give concrete form or body to; convert into substance; embody 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • substantiate — substantiatable, adj. substantiation, n. substantiative, adj. substantiator, n. /seuhb stan shee ayt /, v.t., substantiated, substantiating. 1. to establish by proof or competent evidence: to substantiate a charge. 2. to give substantial… …   Universalium

  • substantiate — UK [səbˈstænʃɪeɪt] / US [səbˈstænʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms substantiate : present tense I/you/we/they substantiate he/she/it substantiates present participle substantiating past tense substantiated past participle substantiated to… …   English dictionary

  • substantiate — [[t]səbstæ̱nʃieɪt[/t]] substantiates, substantiating, substantiated VERB To substantiate a statement or a story means to supply evidence which proves that it is true. [FORMAL] [V n] There is little scientific evidence to substantiate the claims.… …   English dictionary

  • substantiate — sub•stan•ti•ate [[t]səbˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) to establish by proof or competent evidence: to substantiate a charge[/ex] 2) to give substantial existence to 3) to affirm as having substance; strengthen: to substantiate a… …   From formal English to slang

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