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Definition of 'attest'


  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"
       Synonyms: certify manifest demonstrate evidence
  2. authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity; "I attest this signature"
  3. give testimony in a court of law
       Synonyms: testify take the stand bear witness
  4. establish or verify the usage of; "This word is not attested until 1993"

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