- to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident.
- to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc.: She witnessed our wedding.
- to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of.
- to attest by one's signature: He witnessed her will.
- to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.
- an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness.
- a person or thing that affords evidence.
- a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law.
- a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of its execution.
- testimony or evidence: to bear witness to her suffering.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Origin of witness
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Examples from the Web for witnessing
White people of this generation are witnessing what we have always lived, survived.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
It was like witnessing the last two weeks of the life of a blind and toothless dog you knew the vet was just itching to destroy.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
More than a few joined after witnessing 9/11, and some had even experienced it firsthand in Manhattan or DC.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
The violence we are witnessing today is no greater in its bloody intensity than it has been throughout our history.You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot
July 7, 2014
Watching the World Cup is not just about witnessing a few over-compensated superstars pulling off impressive feats.Why the Yanks Don’t Get Futbol
June 16, 2014
"Without doubt, he could gather no confidence by witnessing our indifference," he said.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Her eyes burned with the horror of witnessing some irrevocable deed.Tiverton Tales
She knew she was witnessing the outward signs of a guilty conscience.The Law-Breakers
I had an opportunity of witnessing in his latter days his sincere repentance; and to this it is fit that I should bear testimony.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
He replied, “I learnt it from the Ass, by witnessing his fate.”
- a person who has seen or can give first-hand evidence of some event
- a person or thing giving or serving as evidence
- a person who testifies, esp in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge
- a person who attests to the genuineness of a document, signature, etc, by adding his own signature
- bear witness
- to give written or oral testimony
- to be evidence or proof ofRelated adjective: testimonial
- (tr) to see, be present at, or know at first hand
- to give or serve as evidence (of)
- (tr) to be the scene or setting ofthis field has witnessed a battle
- (intr) to testify, esp in a court of law, to events within a person's own knowledge
- (tr) to attest to the genuineness of (a document, signature, etc) by adding one's own signature
Word Origin and History for witnessing
c.1300, from witness (n.). Related: Witnessed; witnessing.