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 At a congressional hearing in Boulder, Colo., top executives of Sonos, PopSockets, Basecamp and Tile testified that the biggest technology companies hindered their businesses. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Please Stop Big Tech, Small Rivals Tell Lawmakers," 17 Jan. 2020 Nicholson watched but did not testify at the Senate hearing. NBC News, "Missouri GOP puts political fairness at bottom of redistricting priorities," 14 Jan. 2020 Citing examples in Washington and California, Fields testified at the Jan. 7 school board meeting to say federal disaster funds have been received by other jurisdictions that have apprenticeship requirements similar to ASD’s. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal insurance requirements could jeopardize millions in relief funds for Anchorage area schools," 14 Jan. 2020 The bullet was intended for a woman who was involved in an ongoing dispute with Evenes and Kingston, an investigator testified at a court hearing in 2018. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Suspects won’t face death penalty in Huntsville toddler’s slaying," 12 Jan. 2020 Whatever the reason, the cancellation will probably spell the end of Mosiman’s career in the festival business, explained Niland, who is expected to testify at trial about his own relationship with Gordon and his professional experience in music. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "'Thunder on the Mountain' Emails Offer Rare Inside Look At the Final Days of a Doomed Festival," 10 Jan. 2020 Three of Ward’s co-defendants testified against Ward at his trial. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "An Indianapolis rapper killed 3 men. Prosecutors played his music at the murder trial.," 8 Jan. 2020 An official said that neither of the Los Angeles accusers included in the charges have come forward publicly, but one was expected to testify at the New York trial. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Harvey Weinstein faces new sexual assault charges in Los Angeles," 7 Jan. 2020 Once an answer denies a material fact in the case, such as the reasonableness of the bill, the provider’s attorney must line up witnesses to testify at trial. Jackson Williams, STAT, "3 legal challenges could derail out-of-network surprise medical bills," 6 Jan. 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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21 Jan 2020

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“Testify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testify. Accessed 21 January 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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