attest

verb
at·​test | \ ə-ˈtest \
attested; attesting; attests

Definition of attest

transitive verb

1a : to affirm to be true or genuine specifically : to authenticate by signing as a witness
b : to authenticate officially
2 : to establish or verify the usage of The first use of the word "Internet" is attested in 1985.
3 : to be proof of : manifest Her record attests her integrity.
4 : to put on oath

intransitive verb

: to show, prove, or state that something is true or real usually used with to I can attest to the truth of his statement.attest to a belief

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Other Words from attest

attestation \ ˌa-​ˌtes-​ˈtā-​shən , ˌa-​tə-​ˈstā-​ \ noun
attester \ ə-​ˈtes-​tər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of attest in a Sentence

I can attest that what he has said is true. The certificate attests the authenticity of the painting.

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December 25, 2018: Delta Air Lines Flight 128 Emergencies can take you to some unforeseen places, as the 200 passengers on board a Delta Flight from Beijing to Seattle last Christmas Eve can attest. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 Heuser’s image featured prominently on Sayoc’s van; the rest of it was covered in slogans attesting to Trump’s greatness, as well as images of Democratic figures with cross-hairs stamped over their faces. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 2018 The answer, attested to in mountains of studies and visible everywhere in our politics, is this: Change of this magnitude acts on us psychologically, not just electorally. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 The many homemade signs held aloft during the gathering attested to the rally participants’ indignation with the Trump administration and its handling of immigrants and refugees. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "March against family separation at border turns confrontational," 23 June 2018 The light, crisp enunciation and soft dynamics of the chorus sopranos in the latter section attested to the superb discipline Wolfe has instilled in his 140 voices as a whole. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Muti leads CSO and Chorus in stirring season finale, Rossini's Stabat Mater," 22 June 2018 In July 2016, a federal court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and that an alternative to showing an ID, such as signing an affidavit attesting to one's identity, must be allowed. Dartunorro Clark, NBC News, "Restrictive voter ID laws are no match for this group," 10 Feb. 2018 Are there any infuriating quotes from gullible Senate Democrats attesting to McConnell's trustworthiness? Jay Willis, GQ, "The Government Shutdown, Explained: Why the Democrats Walked Away Empty-Handed," 23 Jan. 2018 Before 2013, people without proper identification were allowed to vote by signing an affidavit attesting to their eligibility. Blake Nicholson, The Seattle Times, "In North Dakota, tribes scramble to clear voter ID hurdle," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of attest

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for attest

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

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attest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of attest

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

attest

verb
at·​test | \ ə-ˈtest \
attested; attesting

Kids Definition of attest

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

attest

verb
at·​test | \ ə-ˈtest \

Legal Definition of attest

transitive verb

: to bear witness to : affirm to be true or genuine specifically : to authenticate (as a will) by signing as a witness

intransitive verb

: to bear witness : testify often used with to

Other Words from attest

attestation \ ˌa-​ˌtes-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun

History and Etymology for attest

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

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