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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While the court was entirely overgrown with the yellow, moss-like vegetation which blankets practically the entire surface of Mars, yet numerous fountains, statuary, benches, and pergola-like contraptions bore witness to the beauty which the court must have presented in bygone times, when graced by the fair-haired, laughing people whom stern and unalterable cosmic laws had driven not only from their homes, but from all except the vague legends of their descendants.
As dramatic footage of a Taiwanese plane crashing in Taipei showed again this week, dashboard-mounted cameras have bore witness to tragic disasters and lucky escapes, whether capturing planes, trains, automobiles or even Russian meteor flybys.
As an 18-year iron-worker veteran in Sudbury and then project superintendent, Denis Paquette bore witness to the myriad of ways his colleagues were seriously hurt or killed while working at height.
After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit, which had been promised to them, so that they could work miracles and proclaim the truth, they first bore witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and established churches throughout Judea.
In Idols of the Marketplace David Hawkes posits that the century in question bore witness to the overlapping of two conflicting modes of thought: Aristotelian/ Thomistic teleology and Baconian empericism; the authors purpose is to explore the "death throes of 'natural teleology' as they are reflected in a variety of sixteenth--and seventeenth-century texts" (28).
A series of spare, life-size portraits bore witness to the different cultural and ethnic presences coexisting within a single urban society.
However, these ancient rocks, called carbonaceous chondrites, are rare, so astronomers had no guarantee that this aluminum isotope was widely distributed and bore witness to events throughout the newborn solar system.
Last year bore witness to a sizable number of mergers and acquisitions as giants became industry mammoths.
More than 60 world leaders and 1,300 other dignitaries gathered in the floodlit nave of the Gothic cathedral bore witness to Mitterrand's ecumenical influence and to the respect he enjoyed around the world.
The unexpectedly large turnout bore witness to Building Congress Vice Chairman John Cavanagh's observation during the conference opening session that SCA work has been a major support for industry members during the recession.
In preparing this admirable work, she spent nearly four years in Roman archives collecting references, particularly legal documents, to the Eternal City's thousands of courtesans, whose professional designation bore witness to the stature and wealth of the men in papal and princely courts to whom they sold their bodily arts.
Poised on the edge of the mysterious Wormhole the very threshold of the known universe - the denizens of DS9 bore witness to events that would forever alter the world envisioned by Gene Roddenberry over 30 years ago.