Definitions for: Testify

[v] give testimony in a court of law
[v] provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tes"ti*fy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Testified; p. pr. &
vb. n. Testifying.] [OF. testifier, L. testificari; testis
a witness + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See -fy, and cf.
Attest, Contest, Detest, Protest, Testament.]
1. To make a solemn declaration, verbal or written, to
establish some fact; to give testimony for the purpose of
communicating to others a knowledge of something not known
to them.

Jesus . . . needed not that any should testify of
man, for he knew what was in man. --John ii. 25.

2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration under oath or
affirmation, for the purpose of establishing, or making
proof of, some fact to a court; to give testimony in a
cause depending before a tribunal.

One witness shall not testify against any person to
cause him to die. --Num. xxxv.

3. To declare a charge; to protest; to give information; to
bear witness; -- with against.

O Israel, . . . I will testify against thee. --Ps.
l. 7.

I testified against them in the day wherein they
sold victuals. --Neh. xiii.

Tes"ti*fy, v. t.
1. To bear witness to; to support the truth of by testimony;
to affirm or declare solemny.

We speak that we do know, and testify that we have
seen; and ye receive not our witness. --John iii.

2. (Law) To affirm or declare under oath or affirmation
before a tribunal, in order to prove some fact.

Tes"ti*fy, adv.
In a testy manner; fretfully; peevishly; with petulance.

Synonyms: attest, bear witness, evidence, prove, show, take the stand

See Also: abduce, adduce, certify, cite, declare, demonstrate, inform, manifest, vouch

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