witness

[ wit-nis ]
/ ˈwɪt nɪs /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.

noun


Nearby words

  1. witigo,
  2. witless,
  3. witlessly,
  4. witling,
  5. witloof,
  6. witness box,
  7. witness corner,
  8. witness stand,
  9. witness-box,
  10. wits

Origin of witness

before 950; (noun) Middle English, Old English witnes orig., knowledge, understanding; see wit1, -ness; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR witness
1. perceive, watch, mark, notice, note. See observe. 10. proof, confirmation, substantiation.

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British Dictionary definitions for witness

witness

/ (ˈwɪtnɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Formswitnessable, adjectivewitnesser, noun

Word Origin for witness

Old English witnes (meaning both testimony and witness), from witan to know, wit ² + -ness; related to Old Norse vitni

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Word Origin and History for witness
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