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tes·ti·fy

 (tĕs′tə-fī′)
v. test·i·fied, test·i·fy·ing, test·i·fies
v.intr.
1. To give testimony in a legal case or before a deliberative body: witnesses testifying before a grand jury.
2. To express or declare a strong belief, especially to make a declaration of faith.
3. To make a statement based on personal knowledge in support of an asserted fact; bear witness: the exhilaration of weightlessness, to which many astronauts have testified.
4. To serve as evidence: wreckage that testifies to the ferocity of the storm.
v.tr.
1. To declare publicly; make known: testifying their faith.
2. To state or affirm as testimony in a legal case or before a deliberative body: testified in court that he saw the defendant.
3. To be evidence of: His frown testified his displeasure.

[Middle English testifien, from Latin testificārī : testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots + -ficārī, -fy.]

tes′ti·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
tes′ti·fi′er n.

testify

(ˈtɛstɪˌfaɪ)
vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to state (something) formally as a declaration of fact: I testify that I know nothing about him.
2. (Law) law to declare or give (evidence) under oath, esp in court
3. (when: intr, often foll by to) to be evidence (of); serve as witness (to): the money testified to his good faith.
4. (tr) to declare or acknowledge openly
[C14: from Latin testificārī, from testis witness]
ˌtestifiˈcation n
ˈtestiˌfier n

tes•ti•fy

(ˈtɛs təˌfaɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.i.
1. to bear witness; give evidence.
2. to give testimony under oath, usu. in court.
3. to make solemn declaration.
v.t.
4. to bear witness to; attest.
5. to give or afford evidence of in any manner.
6. to state or declare under oath, usu. in court.
7. to declare, profess, or acknowledge openly.
[1350–1400; < Latin testificārī to bear witness =testi(s) witness + -ficārī -fy]
tes′ti•fi`er, n.

testify


Past participle: testified
Gerund: testifying

Imperative
testify
testify
Present
I testify
you testify
he/she/it testifies
we testify
you testify
they testify
Preterite
I testified
you testified
he/she/it testified
we testified
you testified
they testified
Present Continuous
I am testifying
you are testifying
he/she/it is testifying
we are testifying
you are testifying
they are testifying
Present Perfect
I have testified
you have testified
he/she/it has testified
we have testified
you have testified
they have testified
Past Continuous
I was testifying
you were testifying
he/she/it was testifying
we were testifying
you were testifying
they were testifying
Past Perfect
I had testified
you had testified
he/she/it had testified
we had testified
you had testified
they had testified
Future
I will testify
you will testify
he/she/it will testify
we will testify
you will testify
they will testify
Future Perfect
I will have testified
you will have testified
he/she/it will have testified
we will have testified
you will have testified
they will have testified
Future Continuous
I will be testifying
you will be testifying
he/she/it will be testifying
we will be testifying
you will be testifying
they will be testifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been testifying
you have been testifying
he/she/it has been testifying
we have been testifying
you have been testifying
they have been testifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been testifying
you will have been testifying
he/she/it will have been testifying
we will have been testifying
you will have been testifying
they will have been testifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been testifying
you had been testifying
he/she/it had been testifying
we had been testifying
you had been testifying
they had been testifying
Conditional
I would testify
you would testify
he/she/it would testify
we would testify
you would testify
they would testify
Past Conditional
I would have testified
you would have testified
he/she/it would have testified
we would have testified
you would have testified
they would have testified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.testify - give testimony in a court of lawtestify - give testimony in a court of law  
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
vouch - give personal assurance; guarantee; "Will he vouch for me?"
2.testify - provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
attest, certify, evidence, manifest, demonstrate - provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
presume - constitute reasonable evidence for; "A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food"
abduce, adduce, cite - advance evidence for

testify

verb
1. bear witness, state, swear, certify, declare, witness, assert, affirm, depose (Law), attest, corroborate, vouch, evince, give testimony, asseverate Several eye witnesses testified that they had seen the fight.
bear witness dispute, contradict, disprove, oppose, belie, gainsay (archaic or literary), controvert
2. (Law) give evidence, attest, bear witness, be a witness, give your testimony, make a deposition, depone (Scots Law) Would she be willing to testify in court?
testify to something prove, show, indicate, evidence, reveal, establish, confirm, demonstrate, bear out, substantiate, bespeak, corroborate, attest to, bear witness to, give proof of Excavations testify to the presence of cultivated inhabitants.

testify

verb
1. To give evidence or testimony under oath:
Law: depone, depose.
Idioms: bear witness, take the stand.
2. To confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine:
3. To assure the certainty or validity of.Also used with to:
4. To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of:
Translations
يَشْهَد علىيَشْهَد في المَحْكَمَه
dosvědčitprokázatsvědčit
bevidne
todistaa
svjedočiti
tanúskodik
bera vitnistaîfesta, votta
duoti parodymusliudytipaliudyti
apliecinātdot liecībuliecināt
svedčiť
pričati
doğrulamaktanıklık/şahitlik etmek

testify

[ˈtestɪfaɪ]
A. VI
2. to testify to sth (Jur) → declarar algo, testificar algo; (= be sign of) → atestiguar algo, dar fe de algo
B. VTdeclarar, testificar
to testify thatdeclarar or testificar que ...

testify

[ˈtɛstɪfaɪ] vi
(LAW) [witness] → témoigner
to testify against sb → témoigner contre qn
to testify that ... [witness] → déclarer que ...
to testify to sth [witness] → attester qch
(= be evidence of) to testify to sth → témoigner de qch

testify

vt to testify that … (Jur) → bezeugen, dass …
vi (Jur) → eine Zeugenaussage machen, aussagen; to testify against/for somebodygegen/für jdn aussagen; to testify to something (= speak for)etw bezeugen (also Jur); (= be sign of) to sincerity, efforts etcvon etw zeugen, ein Zeichen für etw sein

testify

[ˈtɛstɪˌfaɪ] vi (Law) → testimoniare, deporre
to testify in favour (Brit) or favor (Am) of/against sb → testimoniare a favore di/contro qn
to testify to sth (Law) → testimoniare qc (prove) → comprovare or dimostrare qc (be sign of) → essere una prova di qc

testify

(ˈtestifai) verb
1. to give evidence, especially in a law court. He agreed to testify on behalf of / against the accused man.
2. to show or give evidence of; to state that (something) is so. I will testify to her kindness.

testify

v. declarar, testificar.
References in classic literature ?
I'll testify that you tried to do it," said Laurie with a grateful look.
That were impossible," returned the young man; "he called you by a thousand endearing epithets, that I may not presume to use, but to the justice of which, I can warmly testify.
A still larger circle--I myself, among the rest--can testify to his extravagances at the arched window.
The veselija has come down to them from a far-off time; and the meaning of it was that one might dwell within the cave and gaze upon shadows, provided only that once in his lifetime he could break his chains, and feel his wings, and behold the sun; provided that once in his lifetime he might testify to the fact that life, with all its cares and its terrors, is no such great thing after all, but merely a bubble upon the surface of a river, a thing that one may toss about and play with as a juggler tosses his golden balls, a thing that one may quaff, like a goblet of rare red wine.
The teachers of Sunday-schools among the manufacturing population of England, and among plantation-hands in our country, could perhaps testify to the same result, there and here.
It seemed incredible that a man could outlast half a century shut up in a dark hole like a rat, but here were his old wife and some old comrades to testify to it.
Wilson said that he had three witnesses, the Misses Clarkson, who would testify that they met a veiled young woman leaving Judge Driscoll's premises by the back gate a few minutes after the cries for help were heard, and that their evidence, taken with certain circumstantial evidence which he would call to the court's attention to, would in his opinion convince the court that there was still one person concerned in this crime who had not yet been found, and also that a stay of proceedings ought to be granted, in justice to his clients, until that person should be discovered.
By the slave code, they are adjudged to be as incompetent to testify against a white man, as though they were indeed a part of the brute creation.
I could not better testify my respect for your sister than by finally relieving her of her brother," said Sydney Carton.
touching the one of them, it were hard for me to render a reason for a fool speaking according to his folly; and the other churl is of that savage, fierce, intractable race, some of whom, as I have often told you, are still to be found among the descendants of the conquered Saxons, and whose supreme pleasure it is to testify, by all means in their power, their aversion to their conquerors.
Henrietta, if she were alive, could testify that it there is a defect in my relations with women, it arises from my excessive amiability.
The rosy man had grown pale; his flesh had fallen away; he was visibly balder and older; and yet it was not so much these tokens of a swift physical decay that arrested the lawyer's notice, as a look in the eye and quality of manner that seemed to testify to some deep-seated terror of the mind.