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Phonetics: at·test \a-'test\
To attest to the fact that a statement is true is similar to swearing under oath that a statement is true.
Infinitive: to attest
Present Tense: attested
Past Tense: attests
Present Continuous: attesting
Past Perfect: attested
To affirm to be true, correct, or genuine; to corroborate. A document signer could attest to the fact that the contents of the document were true and correct.
A handful of states have notaries Attest to signatures as one of their official notarial acts along with witnessing signatures.
Although attesting and affirming are similar in meaning, the act of attesting is a considerably different notary act than taking an affimation.
One of our definitions of the word "notarize" is to certify or attest to the validity of a signature on a document or to the validity of a copy of a document as a notary public.
Definition 5: Thesaurus / Related Terms
To attest in a legal context means to bear witness, or authenticate something by signing as a witness.