Is it fine to used evidence as verb?

For eg. the study evidenced that....

If not, what other better word can be used in the place of evidence as a verb?

Note: I find evidence can be used as a verb in Lexico dictionary and Merriam Webster but still I would like to know the common usage of it.

  • There is evidence that it is in use as a verb, but I don't encounter it very often. In your example sentence I think "the study showed that..." or "the study found evidence that..." would be better.
    – nnnnnn
    Apr 22, 2020 at 4:31
  • Dictionaries study common usage, and base their entries upon it. Apr 22, 2020 at 12:26
  • books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 22, 2020 at 12:35

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You can certainly find similar examples if you look hard enough:

The study also evidenced significant associations among 3 health risk indices

(From Associations Between Perceptions of School Connectedness and Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors in South African High School Learners)

COCA (my search: * EVIDENCE_v*) shows that by far the most common use of the verb is in the phrase “as evidenced by”, followed by regular passive constructions such as “is evidenced”.

A more common word here would be “the study found...”

  • Thanks to all for the well-thought replies.
    – Lalitha M
    Apr 22, 2020 at 5:55

The answer to your question is yes, the word evidence can be used as a verb. You can find more details in the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary.


In US English more than in UK English, using nouns as verbs has become a relatively common practice.

  • Although it is true that there are, in the actual contemporary usage, quite a few examples of nouns (including evidence) turned into verbs, it should be noted that opinions differ on whether, as a matter of good style, such 'verbing' should be welcomed or discouraged.
    – jsw29
    Apr 23, 2020 at 4:52
  • @ jsw29 Thanks for the reply
    – Lalitha M
    Apr 23, 2020 at 8:26

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