verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- witness box,
- witness corner,
- witness stand,
Origin of witness
Examples from the Web for witness
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.
The mother, Emily Kruse, was charged with obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.
“The senior people were too shocked to speak,” said a witness.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine|Lloyd Grove|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At least one witness stated that Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air when he was shot.
Nancy heard the shot, then another, and came to the window to witness the third and final bullet be fired into her husband.
That cannot be proved unless you volunteer as a witness, and give away the whole vile story of the plot to abduct Miss Maynard.A Traitor's Wooing|Headon Hill
She called Evelyn to witness that from the first it had been her work entirely.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
There were twenty-one entrants, and fully 300,000 spectators gathered to witness the initial flight of the aerial races.Flying Machines|W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Bordin asked permission of the Court to address a few questions to the witness.An Historical Mystery|Honore de Balzac
The witness, having hastened, saw many religious who were fighting the said corporal and the other soldiers with their fists.
- to give written or oral testimony
- to be evidence or proof ofRelated adjective: testimonial
Word Origin for witness
Old English witnes "attestation of fact, event, etc., from personal knowledge;" also "one who so testifies;" originally "knowledge, wit," formed from wit (n.) + -ness. Christian use (late 14c.) is as a literal translation of Greek martys (see martyr). Witness stand is recorded from 1853.
c.1300, from witness (n.). Related: Witnessed; witnessing.