testify

verb
tes·​ti·​fy | \ ˈte-stə-ˌfī How to pronounce testify (audio) \
testified; testifying

Definition of testify

intransitive verb

1 : to make a solemn declaration under oath for the purpose of establishing a fact (as in a court)
2a : to make a statement based on personal knowledge or belief : bear witness
b : to serve as evidence or proof
3 : to express a personal conviction

transitive verb

1a : to bear witness to : attest
b : to serve as evidence of : prove
2 : to declare under oath before a tribunal or officially constituted public body
3 archaic
a : to make known (a personal conviction)
b : to give evidence of : show

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Other Words from testify

testifier \ ˈte-​stə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce testifier (audio) \ noun

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Examples of testify in a Sentence

She refused to testify about who had given her the information. She testified before Congress today. He agreed to testify against his drug dealer. He testified that he'd seen two people leave the building on the night of the murder. These statistics testify that the program is working. Several people testified during the revival meeting.
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Recent Examples on the Web President Trump directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena, citing a Justice Department legal opinion maintaining that McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 20 May 2020 Thankfully, that’s exactly what's happening—in part because the White House blocked experts from testifying before the House of Representatives earlier this month, leaving the Senate as the only alternative. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "While You Were Offline: The Summer of Covid-19," 17 May 2020 Two men are accused of trying to prevent a witness from testifying before a grand jury related to the November 2017 fatal shooting of Robert Kaiser in Portland. oregonlive, "Two men accused of tampering with witness in connection with November 2017 homicide case," 14 May 2020 The White House issued a memo restricting coronavirus task force members from testifying before Congress this month. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 5: Coronavirus, White House, contact tracing, retail, Amazon," 5 May 2020 Meanwhile, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee said that the White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying at a hearing on the coronavirus outbreak. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Deaths, warnings and the push to reopen," 4 May 2020 Culkin was called to testify in Jackson’s defence, and Jackson was eventually acquitted of the charges. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Macaulay Culkin Responds To Michael Jackson Question With A James Franco Story," 11 Feb. 2020 Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a member of Trump's task force, is one of several officials scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on May 12. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump tightens grip on coronavirus information as he pushes to restart the economy," 8 May 2020 The academic year ends with the national competition in which students testify in a format similar to a congressional hearing about subjects such as the history of constitutional interpretation. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As students struggle with civics across America, Tosa is throwing parades for its civic-minded high schoolers," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of testify

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for testify

Middle English testifien, from Anglo-French testifier, from Latin testificari, from testis witness

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The first known use of testify was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Testify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testify. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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testify

verb
How to pronounce testify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of testify

: to talk and answer questions about something especially in a court of law while formally promising that what you are saying is true
: to talk about or say (something) in an honest and confident way
: to show that something is true or real : to give proof of something

testify

verb
tes·​ti·​fy | \ ˈte-stə-ˌfī How to pronounce testify (audio) \
testified; testifying

Kids Definition of testify

: to make a formal statement of something sworn to be true Two witnesses testified in court.

testify

verb
tes·​ti·​fy | \ ˈtes-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce testify (audio) \
testified; testifying

Legal Definition of testify

intransitive verb

: to make a solemn declaration under oath or affirmation for the purpose of establishing a fact : give testimony

transitive verb

: to declare in testimony

Other Words from testify

testifier noun

History and Etymology for testify

Latin testificari, from testis witness

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