- 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.
- 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 of witnessMiddle 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
- One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced: a witness to the accident.
- 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.
- a. Attestation to a fact, statement, or event; testimony: She bears witness to these events in her letters.b. Something that serves as evidence; a sign: The parody of the poem is a witness to the poem's popularity.
- a. One who publicly affirms religious faith.b. Witness A member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
verbwit·nessed, wit·ness·ing, wit·ness·es
- To see or know by personal experience: witness a robbery; witness the birth of a new nation.
- a. To provide or serve as evidence of: The child's laughter witnessed her delight.b. To consider as an example. Often used in the imperative: Even a widespread species can go extinct. Witness the passenger pigeon.
- To testify to; bear witness of: The diary witnesses the difficult living conditions of the time.
- To be the setting or site of: This old auditorium has witnessed many ceremonies.
- To attest to the legality or authenticity of (a document) by signing one's name.
- To furnish or serve as evidence: The fine buildings witness to the town's prosperity.
- To testify to one's religious beliefs: “As they witnessed to their faith they brought others to believe” (Leon Morris).
Origin of witnessMiddle English, from Old English, from wit, knowledge; see wit1.
- Attestation of a fact or event; testimony.
- She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.
- One who sees or has personal knowledge of something.
- As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.
- Someone called to give evidence in a court.
- The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.
- Something that serves as evidence; a sign.
(third-person singular simple present witnesses, present participle witnessing, simple past and past participle witnessed)
- To furnish proof of, to show.
- This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.
- 1667: round he throws his baleful eyes / That witness'd huge affliction and dismay — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1 ll. 56-7
- To take as evidence.
- To see or gain knowledge of through experience.
- He witnessed the accident.
- (intransitive, construed with to or f) To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.
- To see the execution of (a legal instrument), and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity.
- to witness a bond or a deed
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.