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 Honken shot and killed five people — two men who planned to testify against him, and a single, working mother and her 10-year-old and 6-year-old daughters. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Federal executions scheduled at Terre Haute prison next week will be first since 2003," 8 July 2020 Prosecutors on Wednesday added Dykes’ name to the list of witnesses expected to testify against Mills. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Former Cuyahoga County HR chief Doug Dykes pleads guilty, gets probation, will cooperate with corruption probe," 2 July 2020 The government also suggested that clear shields could be installed around the witness stand to allow people to testify without wearing masks. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 concerns push Backpage trial into 2021; judge rules it can't be conducted safely," 30 June 2020 The witnesses, who are almost all undocumented immigrants expected to testify against human smugglers, are sometimes held for months until their cases are resolved. Jason Buch, ExpressNews.com, "Judges in Laredo jailing witnesses in ‘mechanical scheme’," 30 June 2020 But a year later, after the #MeToo movement exploded in the wake of reporting on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, the judge allowed five other accusers to testify at the retrial. CBS News, "Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo-era prosecutions," 23 June 2020 The committee will convene a hearing at a time to be determined and allow Cook as well as witnesses to testify, said Rep. John Allen, a Republican from Scottsdale and the committee’s chair. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona lawmaker slams investigation into relationship with lobbyist, allegation of bribery," 20 June 2020 The district attorney said the other officer, Brosnan, 26, is cooperating with prosecutors and will testify. Kate Brumback, Anchorage Daily News, "Atlanta police call out sick to protest charges in officer’s shooting of black man," 19 June 2020 The delay in Main Street funding may arise during a Tuesday hearing before a House committee in which Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to testify. Washington Post, "Fed’s program for loaning to Main Street off to slow start," 30 June 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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15 Jul 2020

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“Testify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testify. Accessed 16 Jul. 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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