testify

verb
tes·ti·fy | \ ˈte-stə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun

Synonyms for testify

Synonyms

attest, depose, swear, witness

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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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Strzok testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform and House Judiciary Committees Thursday in a vitriolic, marathon joint hearing Thursday. CBS News, "Lisa Page to testify behind closed doors," 13 July 2018 Strzok testified that the meeting was short, somewhere around 15 minutes. Alana Abramson, Time, "3 Moments That Actually Mattered at the Peter Strzok Hearing," 13 July 2018 Lina Alathari, chief of the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, testifies during a Senate hearing in March after the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Del Quentin Wilber, WSJ, "Secret Service Issues Guide Aimed at Preventing School Shootings," 12 July 2018 Jordan, who grows her own pot, testified that smoking marijuana treats a variety of life-threatening side effects of the disease and that other forms of ingestion don’t have the same positive impact. Dara Kam, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Smokable medical pot case stays on hold," 3 July 2018 Jordan, who grows her own pot, testified that smoking marijuana treats a variety of life-threatening side effects of the disease and that other forms of ingestion don’t have the same positive impact. Dara Kam, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Smoking medical marijuana not allowed while legal fight continues," 3 July 2018 And Deutsche Bank testified that these are ... so there is guilt for something. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Jessica Pressler talks ‘lady grifters’ + Ken Auletta on the ‘frenemies’ of the ad business on Recode Media," 24 June 2018 Powers testifies that borrowing money from a bondsman in order to avoid jail trapped him in a cycle of debt that led to his being sued by the bail bond company. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dulé Hill on Bail Reform: "There Has to Be a More Equitable Process" (Exclusive Video)," 18 June 2018 In addition, five other women testified that Cosby had drugged and then assaulted them decades ago as prosecutors sought to prove Cosby's actions toward Constand were part of a pattern. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Bill Cosby replaces his defense team," 15 June 2018

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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

Latin testificari, from testis witness

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Phrases Related to testify

testify for the defense/prosecution.

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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 \
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 \
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

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