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bear witness to (something)

To support or prove a claim or idea by one's (or something's) physical presence. The many students on campus these days bear witness to the school's successful rebranding efforts. The beautiful homes and vibrant gardens bear witness to the rebirth of this neighborhood.
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give witness to (something)

To support or prove a claim or idea by one's (or something's) physical presence or existence. The many students on campus these days give witness to the school's successful rebranding efforts. The beautiful homes and vibrant gardens give witness to the rebirth of this neighborhood.
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bear/give ˈwitness (to something)

provide evidence of the truth of something: The huge crowd bore witness to the popularity of this man.
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These remains bear witness to a human tragedy: they make Traces.
I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah (said two times)
The "sex education" program, certain textbooks and literature made available in the classrooms, and the lack of basic catechesis all bear witness to the not-so-subtle introduction of secular values within the Catholic educational system.
"We start from the unknown, we bear witness and healing arises.
His essentially interpretive theater work will, in 50 years' time, provide little more than a warm footnote in theater histories, whereas at least a-half-dozen of his ballets will still be around to bear witness to his standing as one of the major creative artists of the 20th century.
But nothing embodies our mission more than our Awards of Honor, where we pay tribute to the best in the New York real estate and construction, even as we bear witness to two of the most time-honored professions of the Irish tradition.
But science itself, as the achievements of Robert Goddard and many other American scientific pioneers bear witness, is best carried out in the private sector, where the limitations of ever-fickle fiscal polities and dubious constitutionality are no hindrance to human creativity.
Writers continue to bear witness to the experiences of the citizens of Europe during WW II in order to prevent similar atrocities from happening again.
Instead, they bear witness to the nature of scholarship common to Grotius' age, which preferred the historical grounding of claims to innovation (1:108).
PWRDF is a response by Canadian Anglicans to the gospel call to bear witness to God's healing love in a broken world.
Those "unburdened by memory of any kind" cannot bear witness, said poet Wislawa Szymborska.
Many social workers for private charities can bear witness to the emotional condition of children coming from this kind of ordeal.
We thought there would be a few mentions on the local news and that would be that, but the national news picked up the story, and suddenly everyone could bear witness to our little girl's exquisite beauty and the pride our parents were feeling in becoming grandparents.
Q: Do you break the law to be effective or to bear witness? That is, if you knew beforehand that breaking the law would have no appreciable effect on what the government does, would it still be imperative to break the law?