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testify

[tes-tuh-fahy] /ˈtɛs təˌfaɪ/
verb (used without object), testified, testifying.
1.
to bear witness; give or afford evidence.
2.
Law. to give testimony under oath or solemn affirmation, usually in court.
3.
to make solemn declaration.
verb (used with object), testified, testifying.
4.
to bear witness to; affirm as fact or truth; attest.
5.
to give or afford evidence of in any manner.
6.
Law. to state or declare under oath or affirmation, usually in court.
7.
to declare, profess, or acknowledge openly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English testifyen < Latin testificārī to bear witness, equivalent to testi(s) witness + -ficārī -fy
Related forms
testifier, noun
pretestify, verb (used with object), pretestified, pretestifying.
retestify, verb, retestified, retestifying.
untestifying, adjective
Synonyms
5. indicate, show, signify, prove.
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Examples from the web for testify
  • Grant wanted to testify at the corruption trial of his secretary, but was talked out of it by his cabinet.
  • When they did, the nominee usually was not invited to testify.
  • One of the other two would have to testify against the other.
  • At the trial, which may be years later, eyewitnesses usually testify in court.
  • Photographs and other historical records testify to the former abundance of the sea.
  • Two defence witnesses were made to testify in secret.
  • Sedimentary rocks such as sandstone also testify to the quicker days of yore.
  • Supporters and detractors were called to testify at a podium a few feet from the president.
  • And even then he didn't testify under oath or by himself even.
  • No proponents of free speech were invited to testify.
British Dictionary definitions for testify

testify

/ˈtɛstɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to state (something) formally as a declaration of fact: I testify that I know nothing about him
2.
(law) to declare or give (evidence) under oath, esp in court
3.
when intr, often foll by to. to be evidence (of); serve as witness (to): the money testified to his good faith
4.
(transitive) to declare or acknowledge openly
Derived Forms
testification, noun
testifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin testificārī, from testis witness
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Word Origin and History for testify
v.

late 14c., "to serve as evidence of," from Latin testificari "bear witness," from testis "witness" (see testament) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Biblical sense of "openly profess one's faith and devotion" is attested from 1520s. Related: Testified; testifying.

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