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testify to (something)

To give sworn testimony that something is true. The doctor was asked to testify to the extent of the plaintiff's injuries in the criminal negligence lawsuit against the construction company. I was happy to testify for Daniel's whereabouts on the evening in question, as I had been with him the whole night.
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testify for (someone or something)

To present evidence or testimony in favor or defense of someone or something as a witness in a trial. The doctor was asked to testify for the plaintiff in the criminal negligence lawsuit against the construction company. I agreed to testify for Daniel, since I was with him the night of the incident.
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testify against (someone or something)

To present evidence or testimony against someone or something as a witness in a trial. I refused to testify against the mob boss unless the police were able to guarantee the safety of my family. Spouses cannot be made to testify against one another.
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testify against someone or something

to be a witness against someone or something. Who will testify against him in court? I cannot testify against the company I work for.
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testify for someone

to present evidence in favor of someone; to testify on someone's behalf. I agreed to testify for her at the trial. Max testified for Lefty, but they were both convicted.
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testify to something

to swear to something. I will testify to your whereabouts if you wish. I think I know what happened, but I would not testify to it.
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testify to

v.
1. To make a statement based on personal knowledge in support of some asserted fact; bear witness to something: Many astronauts have testified to the thrill of weightlessness. The witness testified to the accuracy of the defendant's story.
2. To serve as evidence: The wreckage testifies to the strength of the storm.
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It focuses on the fact that officers must acknowledge the battle-ground of the court as a technique to reduce testifying anxiety and maintain their professional credibility.
Rule 26(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires production of all documents reviewed by testifying experts; and
He started testifying in 1980 and forged relationships with about 100 law firms around the country for whom he reviews 40 cases annually, he says, evenly divided between plaintiff and defense.
First of all, a researcher publishing in Scientific American must meet a much higher standard of proof than an expert witness testifying in court.
4) Officers should refrain from testifying in their uniforms when possible because juror perceptions have shifted over the years--a suit and tie proves the most influential attire, especially in a jury trial.
At a deposition, say that your opinion may change, prior to testifying at the trial, pending receipt of additional information, the testimony of others and rulings by the judge.
We should be glad that clannish loyalties no longer prevent physicians and other professionals from testifying against one another.
Agencies also should inform officers and other investigative personnel of their responsibility to advise prosecutors with whom they are working of potential impeachment information prior to testifying.
Did Bantle, Manning, or others testifying on behalf of U.
When testifying under "Miranda Warning," King stated that he had paid the hotel bill during his attendance at the NCAA basketball playoffs, and had reimbursed the vendor in cash for tickets provided.
And when the victim's trial testimony supports the defendant or minimizes the violence of his actions, the jurors may assume that if there really had been abusive behavior, the victim would not be testifying in the defendant's favor,'' the ruling said.
Many police-defendants testifying in a civil suit assume they should demonstrate the same demeanor they use as a professional police-witness.
Also testifying for Suzuki was Isamu Kawishima, the Samurai's design engineer from Suzuki's headquarters in Japan.
Cuentas, who said she felt uncomfortable testifying because the defendants used to be her friends, told the jury that when she gave Hernandez and Hensen a ride early on the morning of Jan.
3) to include writing letters, sending telegrams, telephoning legislators, contacting legislators personally, and testifying at committee hearings.