- 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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Related Words for testifierdeponent, observer, viewer, beholder, attester, watcher, bystander, proof, spectator, testimony, signer, eyewitness, onlooker, signatory, attestor, looker-on, corroborator
Examples from the Web for testifier
Historical Examples of testifier
The second testifier was a wood-sawyer, who had occasion to spend a night in the house belonging to the farm.
- (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
Word Origin for testify
C14: from Latin testificārī, from testis witness
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