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 testify (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for testify

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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 In the Guardado case, Deputy Miguel Vega did not appear to testify at the November 30 inquest -- ordered by the county coroner -- and is out of the country until the middle of December. Sarah Moon And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "Two LA County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of Andres Guardado relieved of duties following unrelated investigation," 12 Dec. 2020 Sandra Hunt to testify regarding the gang’s structure. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "U.S. Carries Out Second of Six Executions Set During Biden Transition," 11 Dec. 2020 Gross and Schwartz will not testify until they have been tested for the coronavirus and have completed quarantine. Laurence Darmiento Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill Gross seeks to end dispute over lawn sculpture. His neighbor is having none of it," 7 Dec. 2020 Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and an attorney with President Donald Trump's campaign, will testify Wednesday evening before a Michigan legislative committee. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Watch live: Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani testifies at Michigan legislative hearing," 2 Dec. 2020 Members of the public will testify on legislation virtually. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Amid surging coronavirus, lawmakers reconvene, refuse to require masks," 17 Nov. 2020 Noel did testify that Cram advised him to seek the stalking order, but the judge struck his claim as hearsay. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ex-lawmaker Mike Noel gains stalking injunction against critic, who sees it as a gag order," 15 Nov. 2020 Later this month, a British doctor who conducted a second autopsy will also testify remotely. Eileen Ng, Star Tribune, "Dad: Teen, found dead in Malaysia, couldn't survive jungle," 12 Nov. 2020 Assistant Chiefs Hayward Finks and Alice Fulk testify that Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. pressured the police department to swiftly investigate and fire Starks following the shooting. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "Humphrey sought files on staffers' meetings," 31 Oct. 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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30 Dec 2020

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“Testify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testify. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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