testify-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: give testimony in a court of law

Commentary: Syntax is:NP1[human] TESTIFY

I have testified as an expert in two voting rights cases in federal court.
A number of eyewitnesses testified that the four were led to an abandoned building.
Secretary Spellings testified on lifelong learning before the Senate Committee.
Several witnesses testified to seeing the gun on Massey's person.

VerbNet: lecture-37.11-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: testify.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: provide evidence for

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[human] TESTIFY NP1[inanimate] TESTIFY
NOTE: includes religious usages

Her behavior testified to her incompetence.
The general merit of invocation is testified to by the Word of God.
The ox was wont to gore in time past, and it hath been testified to its owner.
A woman testified to the transformation in her life that had resulted through her conversion.
The sales plus of 45% testified to the success of the marketing campaign.

VerbNet: lecture-37.11-1
FrameNet: Evidence
PropBank: testify.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2