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SUBSTANTIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does substantiate mean? 

SUBSTANTIATE (verb)
  The verb SUBSTANTIATE has 4 senses:

1. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
2. represent in bodily form
3. make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
4. solidify, firm, or strengthen

  Familiarity information: SUBSTANTIATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBSTANTIATE (verb)


Sense 1substantiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

affirm; confirm; corroborate; substantiate; support; sustain

Context examples:

his story confirmed my doubts / The evidence supports the defendant

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "substantiate"):

back; back up (establish as valid or genuine)

vouch (give supporting evidence)

verify (confirm the truth of)

demonstrate; establish; prove; shew; show (establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment)

document (support or supply with references)

validate (prove valid; show or confirm the validity of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2substantiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent in bodily form

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

body forth; embody; incarnate; substantiate

Context examples:

He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system / The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist

Hypernyms (to "substantiate" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3substantiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

actualize; actualise; realize; substantiate; realise

Context example:

our ideas must be substantiated into actions

Hypernyms (to "substantiate" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "substantiate"):

incarnate (make concrete and real)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4substantiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Solidify, firm, or strengthen

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former enemy country

Hypernyms (to "substantiate" is one way to...):

beef up; fortify; strengthen (make strong or stronger)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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