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sub·stan·ti·ate / səbˈstanchēˌāt/ • v. [tr.] provide evidence to support or prove the truth of: they had found nothing to substantiate the allegations. DERIVATIVES: sub·stan·ti·a·tion / -ˌstanchēˈāshən/ n.

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SUBSTANTIATE

To establish the existence or truth of a particular fact through the use of competent evidence; to verify.

For example, an eyewitness might be called by a party to a lawsuit to substantiate that party's testimony.

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