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 Bolton, who has been scheduled to testify before the committees on Thursday, will not appear voluntarily his lawyer, who also represents Kupperman, has said. NBC News, "House Democrats pull Kupperman subpoena," 7 Nov. 2019 Taylor is scheduled to testify in public next week as Democrats hold the first public hearings on impeachment. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 7 Nov. 2019 The experts testified that our biodefense system has been vulnerable and outdated for well over a decade. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, "Salad bars and water systems are easy targets for bioterrorists – and America’s monitoring system is woefully inadequate," 7 Nov. 2019 Taylor is scheduled to testify in public next week as Democrats hold the first public hearings on impeachment. chicagotribune.com, "Read Ambassador Bill Taylor’s impeachment inquiry transcript," 6 Nov. 2019 And two more administration witnesses who had been scheduled to testify on Tuesday — Michael Duffey, a top official in the White House budget office, and Wells Griffith, a senior aide to Energy Secretary Rick Perry — failed to appear. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo," 5 Nov. 2019 Christopher Anderson, the second of two State Department officials scheduled to testify on Wednesday, arrived at the Capitol for his deposition. Author: Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "House committees seek testimony from John Bolton as Dems push impeachment resolution forward," 30 Oct. 2019 Tim Morrison, the senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, is scheduled to testify before the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry on Thursday. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Key witness in Ukraine investigation leaving White House post," 30 Oct. 2019 Kupperman, who provided foreign policy advice to the president, was scheduled to testify in a similar session on Monday. Matthew Lee, Twin Cities, "Ex-Trump aide wants judge to decide on impeachment testimony," 27 Oct. 2019

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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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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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