verb (used with object)

  1. to bear witness to; certify; declare to be correct, true, or genuine; declare the truth of, in words or writing, especially affirm in an official capacity: to attest the truth of a statement.
  2. to give proof or evidence of; manifest: His works attest his industry.
  3. to put on oath.

verb (used without object)

  1. to testify or bear witness (often followed by to): to attest to the reliability of an employee.


  1. Archaic. witness; testimony; attestation.


  1. (tr) to affirm the correctness or truth of
  2. (when intr, usually foll by to) to witness (an act, event, etc) or bear witness to (an act, event, etc) as by signature or oath
  3. (tr) to make evident; demonstratehis life of luxury attests his wealth
  4. (tr) to provide evidence forthe marks in the ground attested the presence of a fossil

1590s, from Middle French attester (Old French atester, 13c.) “affirm, attest,” from Latin attestari “confirm,” literally “bear witness to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + testari “bear witness,” from testis “witness” (see testament). Related: Attested; attesting.

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