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

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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 Garbin, who faces up to life in prison for his conviction, has not yet been sentenced and is expected to testify against the others. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer kidnap plot suspects face new charges: Weapons of mass destruction," 28 Apr. 2021 It's defined as the attempt to influence or coerce a juror or a witness who is testifying in trial, or expected to testify through means that aren't the evidence presented in court as part of the case. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden support for 'right verdict' in Chauvin trial not illegal, expert says," 19 Apr. 2021 The defense has not said whether Chauvin will testify. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Expert witness in George Floyd murder trial: ‘No reasonable officer’ would have acted as Derek Chauvin did," 13 Apr. 2021 The high-profile trial will enter its third week on Monday, with several more witnesses expected to testify. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Twelve arrested as 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators clash with BLM counterprotesters in Huntington Beach," 11 Apr. 2021 Then only 15, Marie was one of three people — two teenagers and one middle-aged woman — to testify that day about the massacre and their lives afterward. New York Times, "Marie Supikova, Survivor of Nazi Terror in Czech Village, Dies at 88," 18 Apr. 2021 The question of whether Chauvin would testify was the subject of weeks of speculation. BostonGlobe.com, "Defense rests in George Floyd murder case without putting former Officer Derek Chauvin on the stand," 15 Apr. 2021 The question of whether Chauvin would testify was the subject of weeks of speculation. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Derek Chauvin invokes 5th Amendment in court, tells judge he will not testify in his own defense," 15 Apr. 2021 The question of whether Chauvin would testify was the subject of weeks of speculation. Amy Forliti, Chron, "Chauvin won't testify at murder trial in Floyd's death," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Testify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testify. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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testify

verb

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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