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[uh-test] /əˈtɛst/
verb (used with object)
to bear witness to; certify; declare to be correct, true, or genuine; declare the truth of, in words or writing, especially affirm in an official capacity:
to attest the truth of a statement.
to give proof or evidence of; manifest:
His works attest his industry.
to put on oath.
verb (used without object)
to testify or bear witness (often followed by to):
to attest to the reliability of an employee.
Archaic. witness; testimony; attestation.
Origin of attest
1590-1600; (< Middle French attester) < Latin attestārī to bear witness to, equivalent to at- at- + testārī (test(is) a witness + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive suffix)
Related forms
attestable, adjective
attestant, noun
attester, attestor, attestator
[uh-tes-tey-ter, at-e-stey-] /əˈtɛs teɪ tər, ˈæt ɛˌsteɪ-/ (Show IPA),
attestive, adjective
reattest, verb (used with object)
unattested, adjective
well-attested, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for attest
  • Showing off behind the wheel is courting disaster; the accident figures and the insurance rates attest to this.
  • As any health official can attest, the only good thing about these nighttime pests is that they don't seem to cause disease.
  • As someone who has earned a doctoral degree, I can personally attest to that.
  • As pollsters attest, they are less liked as well as much less recognised.
  • Photos selected by her family from her huge archive attest to her versatility as a photographer.
  • As any diplomat will attest, nuances in language can dramatically affect the success of communication.
  • As design buffs will attest, there were some lessons to be learned from the latest round of furniture auctions.
  • Large late-morning breakfasts are big business, as anyone who has sampled a hotel's Sunday brunch can attest.
  • The rocks on the island look like elephants, and we have many photographs to attest to this.
  • Bears are pests, as campers can attest.
British Dictionary definitions for attest


(transitive) to affirm the correctness or truth of
when intr, usually foll by to. to witness (an act, event, etc) or bear witness to (an act, event, etc) as by signature or oath
(transitive) to make evident; demonstrate: his life of luxury attests his wealth
(transitive) to provide evidence for: the marks in the ground attested the presence of a fossil
Derived Forms
attestable, adjective
attestant, attester, especially (law) attestor, attestator, noun
attestation (ˌætɛˈsteɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin attestārī to prove, from testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness
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Word Origin and History for attest

1590s, from Middle French attester (Old French atester, 13c.) "affirm, attest," from Latin attestari "confirm," literally "bear witness to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + testari "bear witness," from testis "witness" (see testament). Related: Attested; attesting.

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