Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition: to confirm, testify to, or prove the genuineness or worth of.
example: A notary must attest your signature on the document to show that it is valid.
example: The extraordinary painting attests her genius as an artist.
example: Although the critics hated the film, its box office proceeds attested the film’s immense popularity with audiences.
definition: to give confirmation, testimony, or proof (often followed by “to”).
example: The witness attested to the truth of the defendant’s statement.
example: The fact that no student scored above seventy percent attests to the difficulty of the exam.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb attest
attest + to + NOUN: ~ authenticity, ~ validity, ~ truth, ~ veracity, ~ fact (e.g., The neighbors attested to the fact that a truck had been parked outside the building), ~ existence, ~ presence, ~ importance, ~ virtue, ~ difficulty, ~ accuracy, ~ effectiveness, ~ superiority, ~ ignorance, ~ popularity, ~ success
0 vuhrt [or] o v@rt
definition: openly apparent; not concealed. (Cf. covert.)
example: Overt discrimination in the form of segregation was the norm in southern states at that time; discrimination in the north was more subtle.
example: Sanctions have not been imposed despite the nation’s overt aggression toward its neighbor.
stIp y@ leIt
definition: to specify or arrange as a condition of an agreement.
example: He has agreed to sell the property but has not yet stipulated a price.
example: The university clearly stipulates the criteria for a student’s acceptance into its honors programs.
example: The mortgage lender stipulates that there must be insurance on the property before the loan will be granted.
In s@ den t@l
definition 1: happening or likely to happen concurrently or in connection with something else but as a subordinate or less important element.
example: Some incidental weight loss was noted in the patients taking the experimental drug.
definition 2: of relatively little importance in relation to something else.
example: The income from her job is her main support, but she brings in some incidental income from the sale of her paintings.
example: That’s an interesting point, but it’s incidental to the matter we’re discussing.
definition 3: occurring only by chance rather than by plan or intention.
example: An incidental meeting with a publisher at a party turned out to be advantageous for the young author.
definition 1: a place, esp. as the setting of some event; locality.
example: The couple chose a picturesque locale in the mountains for their wedding.
example: Southeastern Turkey is the locale of a famous archaeological discovery.
definition 2: the scene or setting, as of a story, play, or film.
example: Venice is the locale for the film.
example: The author has chosen the backstreets of Dublin for the locale of her most recent novel.