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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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This case has lasted for three years, largely because several independent witnesses, who initially agreed to give witness statements, then declined 'not wanting to get involved.'.
Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix read a message from the Holy Father: "His Holiness Pope Francis is pleased to greet everyone taking part in the seventeenth National March for Life in Ottawa, and he assures them of his spiritual closeness as they give witness to the God-given dignity, beauty, and value of human life.
"The whole thing is going to go on and on and we have had to give witness statements," said Alice, who lives with husband Brian and their two sons Fergus, 12, and Finlay, nine.
In essence, the church must demonstrate repentance and give witness by enacting God's vision, ready to bear the suffering and even death that inevitably follow.
Of 3,573 prisoners who passed through Kensington Palace Gardens, more than 1,000 were tortured and treated this way to sign confessions or give witness statements for use in war crimes prosecutions.
Director General of Al Mezan Issam Younis said, "Besides the physical obstacles imposed on Palestinians, especially by restricting their access to courts to give witness and other evidence, this law abolishes the already slim possibility of remedy available to Palestinians."
"We expect the new church to have higher visibility in today's society to give witness to the Good News," said Pastor Joel Dautheville, EELF president.
Realizing that I was talking to a Judge I felt it important to introduce myself to give witness to my faith and identity.
The release quoted Massa saying, "The important term in this discussion is 'witness.' As Catholics involved in a dialogue of truth, we cannot help but give witness to Christ, who, for us, is synonymous with truth.
It moves on to provide a most singular image: "On that day We shall set a seal on their mouths, but their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness to whatever they have done." Thus, they let each other down; their own bodies give witness against them; their personalities are torn apart with each part claiming that the other is lying.
"The church must also give witness to one of the ancient signs of her holiness, that of generosity," he noted.
Mary's stubborn commitment to give witness to her community's mourning and grief is inspirational.
The interviewees give witness to the shift we have seen in our society from "religion" to "spirituality" I think they can teach us traditional church adherents, especially church workers, a good deal about how this shift has taken place.
It is a mindful commitment to the power of love, to which the text seeks to give witness."