bear witness

bear witness
1. provide evidence for (Freq. 1)

The blood test showed that he was the father


Her behavior testified to her incompetence

Syn: ↑testify, ↑prove, ↑evidence, ↑show
Derivationally related forms: ↑evidence (for: ↑evidence), ↑testimony (for: ↑testify), ↑testifier (for: ↑testify)
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑inform
attest, ↑certify, ↑manifest, ↑demonstrate, ↑evidence, ↑presume, ↑adduce, ↑abduce, ↑cite
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something


Somebody ——s that CLAUSE


Somebody ——s PP


Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑testify)
2. give testimony in a court of law (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑testify, ↑attest, ↑take the stand
Derivationally related forms: ↑attestation (for: ↑attest), ↑attestant (for: ↑attest), ↑testimony (for: ↑testify), ↑testifier (for: ↑testify)
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑declare
Hyponyms: ↑vouch
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

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bear witness — see witness, 1
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Main Entry:bear
bear witness
1 : to show that something exists or is true
— + to

His success bears witness to the value of hard work.

Rising ticket sales bear witness to the band's popularity. [=show that the band is popular]

2 formal : to make a statement saying that you saw or know something

She was accused of bearing false witness. [=saying that she saw something that she did not really see]

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Main Entry:witness

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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