Definition of attest
From Latin attestāri ("to witness to, bear witness") < at-, combining form of ad ("to") + testari ("to bear witness") < testis ("a witness").
to attest (third-person singular simple present attests, present participle attesting, simple past and past participle attested)
- To affirm to be correct, true, or genuine.
When will the appraiser attest the date of the painting?
- To certify by signature or oath
You must attest your will in order for it to be valid.
- To certify in an official capacity.
- To supply or be evidence of
Will her fine work attest her ability.
- To put under oath.
to affirm to be correct or true
* 1599 - Shakespeare, Henry V iii 1 (Act ii in First Folio edition)
Dishonour not your Mothers: now attest that those whom you call'd Fathers, did beget you.
to supply or be evidence of
* 1599 - Shakespeare, Henry V Prologue (First Folio edition)
pardon : since a crooked Figure may
Attest in little place a Million,
And let us, Cyphers to this great Accompt,
On your imaginarie Forces worke.
- attest in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- attest in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- attest at OneLook Dictionary Search
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