- 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.
- 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)
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Examples from the Web for attesting
You say that you have a paper, signed by Jacob Morton, attesting your identity.Tom, The Bootblack
He is, however, allowed the usual privileges on attesting that he is not an Israelite.A Tramp's Wallet
Such are ever the brows of Jupiter; attesting the theory of Aristotle.A World of Wonders
Define and describe signing, attesting, and acknowledging a will.
Braddyll, Esq.—received depositions from the attesting parties.Lancashire Folk-lore
- (tr) 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
- (tr) to make evident; demonstratehis life of luxury attests his wealth
- (tr) to provide evidence forthe marks in the ground attested the presence of a fossil
C16: from Latin attestārī to prove, from testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness
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Word Origin and History for attesting
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