1 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" [syn: certify, manifest, demonstrate, evidence]
2 authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity; "I attest this signature"
4 establish or verify the usage of; "This word is not attested until 1993"
- Rhymes: -ɛst
- 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
- Will her fine work attest her ability.
- To put under oath.
Quotations* 1599 — Shakespeare, Henry V iii 1 (Act ii in First Folio edition)
to affirm to be correct, true, or genuine
- Czech: potvrdit
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