At·test v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attested; p. pr. & vb. n. Attesting.]
1. To bear witness to; to certify; to affirm to be true or genuine; as, to attest the truth of a writing, a copy of record.
Facts . . . attested by particular pagan authors. --Addison.
2. To give proof of; to manifest; as, the ruins of Palmyra attest its ancient magnificence.
3. To call to witness; to invoke. [Archaic]
The sacred streams which Heaven's imperial state
Attests in oaths, and fears to violate. --Dryden.
At·test, n. Witness; testimony; attestation. [R.]
The attest of eyes and ears. --Shak.
v 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"
3: give testimony in a court of law [syn: testify, take the
stand, bear witness]
4: establish or verify the usage of; "This word is not attested