verb[no object] chiefly Scottish
- Give evidence as a witness in a law court: [with clause]: Adams paraded several relations to depone that Charlie had been crazy from birth all the witnesses were deponing to the same factsMore example sentences
- He deponed that he was standing close beside the Captain of the Vital Spark when the collision took place.
- He deponed of the conditions in the condemned section (death row) of Luzira Prison, as follows:"The living conditions are extremely depressing."
- They were deponed to by a condemned prisoner as follows: "Because you spend so much time in your cell alone, you endlessly brood over your fate and it becomes very difficult, and for some people impossible, to cope with it all."
late Middle English: from Latin deponere 'put down, (in medieval sense) testify', from de- 'down' + ponere 'to place'.