Collaborate and Corroborate

If you are having a hard time deciding when to use the commonly confused words, collaborate and corroborate, you are not the only one. Here are the definitions of each of these terms to help you in your writing:

The verb collaborate means to cooperate or work jointly with others.

The verb corroborate means to strengthen, support, or confirm with evidence.

Examples:

  • "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. (Charles Darwin)
  • According to legend, he killed over a hundred men, but no historian has been able to corroborate this claim.

Practice:

(a) Divine was hired to _____ with the author to produce a new screenplay.

(b) True ideas are those we can assimilate, validate, _____, and verify.

Answers:

(a) Divine was hired to collaborate with the author to produce a new screenplay.

(b) True ideas are those we can assimilate, validate, corroborate, and verify.

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Nordquist, Richard. "Collaborate and Corroborate." ThoughtCo, Mar. 31, 2017, thoughtco.com/collaborate-and-corroborate-differences-1689738. Nordquist, Richard. (2017, March 31). Collaborate and Corroborate. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/collaborate-and-corroborate-differences-1689738 Nordquist, Richard. "Collaborate and Corroborate." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/collaborate-and-corroborate-differences-1689738 (accessed January 21, 2018).