- The definition of a witness is a person who has seen an event or who testifies about what he has seen.
An example of a witness is a person who sees a robbery and goes to court to talk about what he saw.
- To witness is defined as to observe an event taking place or to give evidence.
- An example of witness is when you see a robbery.
- An example of witness is to tell the jury about the night of the robbery.
witness definition by Webster's New World
- an attesting of a fact, statement, etc.; evidence; testimony
- a person who saw, or can give a firsthand account of, something
- a person who testifies in court
- a person called upon to observe a transaction, signing, etc. in order to testify concerning it if it is later held in question
- something providing or serving as evidence
Origin: Middle English witnesse ; from Old English (ge)witnes, witness, knowledge, testimony ; from witan, to know: see wise and amp; -ness
- to testify to
- to serve as evidence of
- to act as witness of, often, in proof thereof, signing a statement that one has done so
- to be present at; see personally
- to be the scene or setting of: a hall that has witnessed many conventions
- to give, or serve as, evidence; testify
- to testify to religious beliefs or faith
witness definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced: a witness to the accident.b. One who furnishes evidence.
- Something that serves as evidence; a sign.
- Law a. One who is called on to testify before a court.b. One who is called on to be present at a transaction in order to attest to what takes place.c. One who signs one's name to a document for the purpose of attesting to its authenticity.
- An attestation to a fact, statement, or event; testimony.
- a. One who publicly affirms religious faith.b. Witness A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
- a. To be present at or have personal knowledge of.b. To take note of; observe.
- To provide or serve as evidence of. See Synonyms at indicate.
- To testify to; bear witness.
- To be the setting or site of: This old auditorium has witnessed many ceremonies.
- To attest to the legality or authenticity of by signing one's name to.
- To furnish or serve as evidence; testify.
- To testify to one's religious beliefs.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, from wit, knowledge; see wit1.
- witˈness·er noun
witness - Legal Definition
- A person who gives testimony under oath and penalty of perjury in a court of law
- To observe the execution of a legal document and to authenticate it by affixing one’s name to it.
witness - Phrases/Idioms