attest

verb
at·​test | \ ə-ˈtest How to pronounce attest (audio) \
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

attester \ ə-​ˈtes-​tər How to pronounce attester (audio) \ 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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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 How to pronounce attest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce attest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce attestation (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for attest

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

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