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To be born out in sth:

To be proven by or evidenced in sth.

"His assertion that the customer was not being entirely truthful was born out in the later events."

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To bear somebody/something out

to show that someone is right or that something is true

"The other witnesses will bear me out."

"The other witnesses will bear out what I say."

bear out phrasal verb - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com:

They both look alike in meaning.

Is born a passive form of some plain infinitive?

What is the plain infinitive of born?

To bear out [plain infinitive]

To be bore out [passive]

To have borne out [perfect active]

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  • Do you have any references for these sentences?
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 22, 2016 at 3:56
  • Sure, I have added references for both. Jun 22, 2016 at 8:45
  • The first link doesn't work for me.
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 22, 2016 at 11:35
  • Here is the alternative link imgur.com/NtCDFMb. Jun 23, 2016 at 0:18

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Here is a definition of bear. Just be be clear about what the tenses referred to in the entry mean:

bear - infinitive

bore - simple past

borne or born - past participle.

Regarding the past participle: in British English, borne is used with the meaning bear out, and born is used with the meaning of being born (either a baby or a concept).

I understand that in American English the born version can be used for both meanings.

See here for more information about born vs borne.

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  • And just to be clear: X is borne out by Y is the passive version of Y bears out X. Jun 22, 2016 at 11:09

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