• IPA: /əˈtɛst/

attest (attests, present participle attesting; past and past participle attested)

  1. (transitive) To affirm to be correct, true, or genuine.
    When will the appraiser attest the date of the painting?
    • 1730, Joseph Addison, The Evidences Of The Christian Religion
      facts […] attested by particular pagan authors
    • 1599, William 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.
  2. (transitive) To certify by signature or oath.
    You must attest your will in order for it to be valid.
  3. (transitive) To certify in an official capacity.
  4. (ambitransitive) To supply or be evidence of.
    Her fine work attested her ability.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
      The supplementary bibliography (in Vol. VI) attests to the comprehensiveness of the effort.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V Prologue (First Folio edition)
      O 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.
  5. (transitive) To put under oath.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To call to witness; to invoke.
    • The sacred streams which Heaven's imperial state / Attests in oaths, and fears to violate.

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