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attest

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verb at·test \ə-ˈtest\

Simple Definition of attest

  • : to show, prove, or state that something is true or real

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of attest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to affirm to be true or genuine; specifically :  to authenticate by signing as a witness b :  to authenticate officially

  3. 2 :  to establish or verify the usage of

  4. 3 :  to be proof of :  manifest <her record attests her integrity>

  5. 4 :  to put on oath

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to bear witness :  testify <attest to a belief>

attestation

play \ˌa-ˌtes-ˈtā-shən, ˌa-tə-ˈstā-\ noun

attester

play \ə-ˈtes-tər\ noun

Examples of attest in a sentence

  1. I can attest that what he has said is true.

  2. The certificate attests the authenticity of the painting.



Origin and Etymology of attest

Middle French attester, from Latin attestari, from ad- + testis witness — more at testament


First Known Use: circa 1500

Synonym Discussion of attest

certify, attest, witness, vouch mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. certify usually applies to a written statement, especially one carrying a signature or seal <certified that the candidate had met all requirements>. attest applies to oral or written testimony usually from experts or witnesses <attested to the authenticity of the document>. witness applies to the subscribing of one's own name to a document as evidence of its genuineness <witnessed the signing of the will>. vouch applies to one who testifies as a competent authority or a reliable person <willing to vouch for her integrity>.

ATTEST Defined for Kids

attest

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verb at·test \ə-ˈtest\

Definition of attest for Students

attested

attesting

  1. :  to show or give proof of :  say to be true <I can attest to his innocence.>




Law Dictionary

attest

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verb at·test \ə-ˈtest\

Legal Definition of attest

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bear witness to :  affirm to be true or genuine; specifically :  to authenticate (as a will) by signing as a witness
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to bear witness :  testify —often used with to

attestation

\ˌa-ˌtes-ˈtā-shən\ play noun


Origin and Etymology of attest

Latin attestari, from ad to + testari to call to witness, from testis witness



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