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bear witness

[ bair wit-nis ]


  1. to serve as evidence that something is true or real:

    Not everyone’s sobriety can bear witness to the effectiveness of rehab, but in her case it most certainly can.

  2. to proclaim or demonstrate a devout belief in:

    Who will join me in bearing witness to our Lord?

  3. to testify; give or afford evidence, as in a court of law:

    When the case went to trial, he reluctantly agreed to bear witness against his neighbor.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bear witness1

First recorded in 1300–50

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Example Sentences

The closing performance of Miley Cyrus was spectacular, in that it was fully a spectacle to bear witness to both on stage and off.

Their minds and bodies bear witness to unimaginable cruelty.

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.

With Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland, Stuart does more than celebrate and bear witness.

In Kassel, facing the grand Orangerie palace, Durant's bare-bones structure seems to bear witness to power gone wrong.

Mr. Howard Saunders also says he can bear witness to the egg-eating propensities of the Harriers.

The foregoing pages bear witness that I have not taken a sentence from any writer adverse to the Puritans.

The twin pillars Jachin and Boaz bear witness to this truth.

You will bear witness that I was always and most positively averse to the railroad being brought here?

The ruins bear witness that God's message was faithfully delivered by Ezekiel.





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