Here is a sentence from Cambridge Dictionary:
They used carbon dating tests to authenticate the claim that the skeleton was 2 million years old.
Does the sentence imply that the authentication was successful and the claim was true? Or does it just tell us that the authentication was attempted without telling us if it was successful?
According to dictionaries, "authenticate" means to prove that something is true/real. So, if I say "we need to authenticate the claim about the skeleton", it should mean the claim is true but we need to prove that it's so. We can't prove that something, that isn't true, is true. But according to you all, "authenticate" can mean to check if something is true, which is a slightly different meaning. So, according to you all, the claim may or may not be true, and we need to authenticate (check) the claim. This is why I'm confused. What do you think?