- to bear witness; give or afford evidence.
- Law. to give testimony under oath or solemn affirmation, usually in court.
- to make solemn declaration.
- to bear witness to; affirm as fact or truth; attest.
- to give or afford evidence of in any manner.
- Law. to state or declare under oath or affirmation, usually in court.
- to declare, profess, or acknowledge openly.
Origin of testify
1350–1400; Middle English testifyen < Latin testificārī to bear witness, equivalent to testi(s) witness + -ficārī -fy
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5. indicate, show, signify, prove.
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Examples from the Web for testify
Dean Sybil Todd passed away from pancreatic cancer before she could testify.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The lady who Goldberg is referring to is Barbara Bowman, one of the victims who agreed to testify in the 2006 case.The Bill Cosby Controversy Stages of Grief
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I believe you yet have value in your lives, no matter what you may have done and I am happy to testify to that effect.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can!
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People will testify they were cured of dread diseases when they prayed to Romero.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
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Though he is never called to testify, Key is the genius loci of this suit.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
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I am delighted to testify to these things, because I had formerly been a scoffer.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Your transgression will be forgiven you since you have confessed and testify your horror for it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I am hardly myself yet, however, as this handwriting will testify.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
They testify all too surely that judgment needs no miracle here.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
I know we passed somethin' then, though just what I ain't competent to testify.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to state (something) formally as a declaration of factI testify that I know nothing about him
- law to declare or give (evidence) under oath, esp in court
- (when intr, often foll by to) to be evidence (of); serve as witness (to)the money testified to his good faith
- (tr) to declare or acknowledge openly
C14: from Latin testificārī, from testis witness
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Word Origin and History for testify
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