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ATTEST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attest mean? 

ATTEST (verb)
  The verb ATTEST has 4 senses:

1. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
2. authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
3. give testimony in a court of law
4. establish or verify the usage of

  Familiarity information: ATTEST used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTEST (verb)


Sense 1attest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

manifest; evidence; certify; attest; demonstrate

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "attest" is one way to...):

bear witness; evidence; prove; show; testify (provide evidence for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attest"):

authenticate (establish the authenticity of something)

reflect (give evidence of the quality of)

reflect (give evidence of a certain behavior)

notarise; notarize (authenticate as a notary)

condemn (demonstrate the guilt of (someone))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They attest that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2attest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I attest this signature

Hypernyms (to "attest" is one way to...):

affirm; assert; aver; avow; swan; swear; verify (to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3attest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give testimony in a court of law

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

take the stand; testify; bear witness; attest

Hypernyms (to "attest" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attest"):

vouch (give personal assurance; guarantee)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

They attest that there was a traffic accident


Sense 4attest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Establish or verify the usage of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

This word is not attested until 1993

Hypernyms (to "attest" is one way to...):

show (give evidence of, as of records)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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