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[uh-test] /əˈtɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
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.
2.
to give proof or evidence of; manifest:
His works attest his industry.
3.
to put on oath.
verb (used without object)
4.
to testify or bear witness (often followed by to):
to attest to the reliability of an employee.
noun
5.
Archaic. witness; testimony; attestation.
Origin
1590-1600
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),
noun
attestive, adjective
reattest, verb (used with object)
unattested, adjective
well-attested, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un attested

attest

/əˈtɛst/
verb
1.
(transitive) to affirm the correctness or truth of
2.
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
3.
(transitive) to make evident; demonstrate: his life of luxury attests his wealth
4.
(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 un attested

attest

v.

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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