bear witness to (something)

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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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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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That is why we often say that in the Americas, monuments (and History with a capital "h") bear witness to colonials, to the dominant power, to the colonial act with its genocides, enslavements, and assassinations of the Other.
So how do we bear witness to the alternate reality in which Christ has risen indeed?
Summary: The UAE will bear witness to an extravaganza today, with thousands of people across the UAE stepping out with pride, in celebration of the country's 41st birthday.
When Jesus was questioned by Pilate, he explained his life's purpose: "For this reason, I was born and came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth".
By agreeing to bear witness to an event, a witness undertakes to verify not only that it occurred, but that it was important ...
"Tonight we bear witness to the widowed mother of two who through sheer excellence of her craft shed light on this place," said David Jackson, a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter and 2009 Nieman Fellow, in bestowing the Nieman Foundation's 29th Louis M.
Now those girls are women and their broken bodies bear witness to the cruelty of a regime that pursued gold medals at any cost.
Unless steps are taken forthwith to break the silence that has surrounded these events, we will have lost the valuable contribution of those who can tell what it felt like to bear witness to this aspect of community life in America.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "Confirmation perfects baptismal grace; it is the sacrament that gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, it incorporates us more firmly into Christ, it strengthens our bond with the church, it associates us more closely with her mission, and it helps us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds."
Both bear witness to the continent, using their eyes and, later, their pens.
Dokoupil left his native Czechoslovakia as a teenager in 1968, a break that still shapes his work today: The interruptions and jumps visible everywhere in this show bear witness to a loss of identity, which is replaced by playful appropriations of varying intensity, by what Judith Butler calls "performative identity." Thus Dokoupil is at times a painter of nudes, albeit with a candle; at other times he creates paintings using mothers' milk; at still others, by rolling car tires over the canvas.
While we know that we have made great strides in the development of treatments for HIV disease, we also bear witness to a modern-day plague that has distinguished itself from any plague past or present.
The essays herein were invited of people who played vital roles in the evolution of environmental health and who can bear witness to Dr.
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.
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.