American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To support with proof or evidence; verify: substantiate an accusation. See Synonyms at confirm.
- v. To give material form to; embody.
- v. To make firm or solid.
- v. To give substance to; make real or actual.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make to exist; make real or actual.
- To establish by proof or competent evidence; verify; make good: as, to substantiate a charge or an allegation; to substantiate a declaration.
- To present as having substance; body forth.
- v. transitive to verify something by supplying evidence; to corroborate or authenticate
- v. transitive to give material form or substance to something; to embody
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make to exist; to make real.
- v. To establish the existence or truth of by proof or competent evidence; to verify.
- v. represent in bodily form
- v. solidify, firm, or strengthen
- v. make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
- v. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
- New Latin substantiāre, substantiāt-, from Latin substantia, substance; see substance. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“About the worst anyone can substantiate is that Obama derailed another Democrat or two for using fake signatures to get on the ballot.”
“I have waited for many hours now for anyone to substantiate a word of what Shuster said.”
“More-over, those who used his name to substantiate their own pet notions, those who would quote and misquote him endlessly, would find it convenient to forget that it was he who insisted that no canal should be considered until the comparative advantages and disadvantages of all possible routes were examined firsthand by experienced people and according to uniform standards.”
“CQ reported that not only were they true, but transcripts of Jane's recorded calls substantiate them.”
“When you concoct facts that aren't there and then insist on them to "substantiate" your ignorance, then don't be surprised if people think you're not rational.”
“Another question: what do you mean by "substantiate" If you mean, can they "prove" the validity of NDE, I'd agree that the number is zero.”
“That she insists that I would have to present to her a description of my daily life that meets her standards in order to "substantiate" my position to her satisfaction does, indeed, warrant a responsive demand that she first prove to me she has any standing or authority that I should recognize.”
“Even our Reviewer finds evidence to "substantiate" that, given against George Burroughs, resting on spectres, in his feats of strength, in some malignant neighborhood scandals, and in exaggerated forms of parish or personal animosities.”
“ Freedom Foundation and Competitive Enterprise Institute to author studies designed to "substantiate" their claims for greater subsidies.”
“• In conjunction with other recently declassified materials, the Phase II report shows that the Bush administration solicited intelligence then used to "substantiate" its public claims.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘substantiate’.
Going through the Magoosh website, words I pulled from the verbal section. 2012.
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abandon,extreme e..., abash,to humiliate, abate,to lessen, abbreviate,to sho..., abridge, abdicate,to forma..., aberration,depart..., abnormality, abet,to encourage, abhor,to hate, abide,to follow o..., abject,utterly ho... and 2228 more...
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