Define: Attest

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Definition: Attest


Quick Summary of Attest


As a witness, to attest means to affirm an act or event as true. Documents are legally attested when they are signed by the involved parties in the presence of a witness who also signs the documents.



What is the dictionary definition of Attest?

Dictionary Definition


  1. To affirm to be correct, true, or genuine.
  2. To certify by signature or oath
  3. To certify in an official capacity.

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Full Definition of Attest


As a witness, to affirm an act or event as true. Documents are legally attested when they are signed by the involved parties in the presence of a witness who also signs the documents.

The term originates from the Early 16th century from the French phrase attester, from Latin attestari, from ad- ‘to’ + testari ‘to witness’ (from testis ‘a witness’).


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Examples of Attest in a sentence


His works attest his industry.
His status is attested by his becoming an alderman
I can attest to his tremendous drive


Synonyms For Attest


testify, certify, bear witness, affirm, witness


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Attest are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 17th January 2020.