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[suh b-stan-shee-eyt] /səbˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), substantiated, substantiating.
to establish by proof or competent evidence:
to substantiate a charge.
to give substantial existence to:
to substantiate an idea through action.
to affirm as having substance; give body to; strengthen:
to substantiate a friendship.
Origin of substantiate
1650-60; < New Latin substantiātus (past participle of substantiāre), equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
substantiatable, adjective
substantiation, noun
substantiative, adjective
substantiator, noun
nonsubstantiation, noun
resubstantiate, verb (used with object), resubstantiated, resubstantiating.
resubstantiation, noun
unsubstantiatable, adjective
1. prove, confirm, verify, validate. Unabridged
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  • How could Mr. Ferris substantiate by proof any of the damaging allegations he had made against publishers of high standing?

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • To the end that he may substantiate his objections, he proposes to examine the prisoner.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • Well, the only thing that looks that way is a story that nobody has been able to substantiate.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • To substantiate this claim of the mosques, a brief digression is necessary.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • As we have hinted at the strength of his memory, we will now produce some facts to substantiate the truth.

British Dictionary definitions for substantiate


verb (transitive)
to establish as valid or genuine
to give form or real existence to
Derived Forms
substantiation, noun
substantiative, adjective
substantiator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin substantiāre, from Latin substantiasubstance
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Word Origin and History for substantiate

1650s, "to make real, to give substance to," from Modern Latin substantiatus, past participle of substantiare, from Latin substantia (see substance). Meaning "to demonstrate or prove" is attested from 1803. Related: Substantiated; substantiating.

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