substantiate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Establish or strengthen, as through new evidence or facts.

His story really substantiated my doubts.
The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former
enemy country.
I can point to at least 10 philosophers that substantiate my claims.
Do you have any evidence to substantiate that hair-brained idea?

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Evidence,Verification
PropBank: substantiate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: Make concrete; represent in bodily form.

He substantiates everything that's wrong with our current system of
The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist.
We must substantiate our ideas and rhetoric as actions if we are to
win back our society.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3