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)
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Related Words for attestorbystander, spectator, observer, eyewitness, testimony, watcher, onlooker, deponent, viewer, beholder, proof, signer, testifier, signatory, looker-on, attester, affiant, seer, corroborator
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Historical Examples of attestor
I cannot summon Carwin to my bar, and make him the attestor of my innocence, and the accuser of himself.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
(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
Word Origin for attest
C16: from Latin attestārī to prove, from testārī to bear witness, from testis a witness
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