Witness meaning

wĭtnĭs
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.

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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.

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To see or know by personal experience.

Witness a robbery; witness the birth of a new nation.

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To testify to; bear witness of.

The diary witnesses the difficult living conditions of the time.

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To be the setting or site of.

This old auditorium has witnessed many ceremonies.

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To attest to the legality or authenticity of (a document) by signing one's name.
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To furnish or serve as evidence.

The fine buildings witness to the town's prosperity.

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To testify to one's religious beliefs.
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An attesting of a fact, statement, etc.; evidence; testimony.
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A person who saw, or can give a firsthand account of, something.
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A person who testifies in court.
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A person called upon to observe a transaction, signing, etc. in order to testify concerning it if it is later held in question.
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Something providing or serving as evidence.
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To testify to.
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To serve as evidence of.
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To act as witness of, often, in proof thereof, signing a statement that one has done so.
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To be present at; see personally.
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To be the scene or setting of.

A hall that has witnessed many conventions.

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To give, or serve as, evidence; testify.
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To testify to religious beliefs or faith.
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A person who gives testimony under oath and penalty of perjury in a court of law.
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To observe the execution of a legal document and to authenticate it by affixing one’s name to it.
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See hostile witness.
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One who testifies to the reputation of another as a reliable, reputable member of the community. Character witnesses may be used to support or impugn the testimony of a key party.
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See expert.
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One whose adverse relationship to a party may prejudice his or her testimony against that party. A person declared to be a hostile witness may be asked leading questions and may be cross-examined by the party who called him or her.
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A witness other than an expert witness.
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A witness called to testify about an important or essential matter, or a matter having a logical and necessary connection to the facts under consideration.
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She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.

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One who sees or has personal knowledge of something.

As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.

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Someone called to give evidence in a court.

The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.

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Something that serves as evidence; a sign.
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To furnish proof of, to show.

This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.

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To take as evidence.
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To see or gain knowledge of through experience.

He witnessed the accident.

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(intransitive, construed with to or f) To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.
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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.

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One who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced.

A witness to the accident.

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bear witness
  • To be or give evidence; testify.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of witness

  • Middle English from Old English from wit knowledge wit1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English witnesse, from Old English witnes (“knowledge, witness, testimony, a witness"), equivalent to wit +"Ž -ness. Cognate with Middle Dutch wetenisse (“witness, testimony"), Old High German gewiznessi (“testimony").

    From Wiktionary