- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsbystander, spectator, observer, eyewitness, testimony, notice, attend, watch, mark, note, see, announce, indicate, deponent, viewer, beholder, watcher, proof, signer, testifier
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.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
The mother, Emily Kruse, was charged with obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
“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
December 5, 2014
At least one witness stated that Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air when he was shot.Why Darren Wilson Will Walk
November 22, 2014
Nancy heard the shot, then another, and came to the window to witness the third and final bullet be fired into her husband.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Avice Milbrey had the fortune to witness one of these bed-time causeries.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The reverential care bestowed on this grave is delightful to witness.The Roof of France
And then, as if they had been on the witness stand, he looked searchingly at Linda.Her Father's Daughter
Same tone as if trying his best to encourage the witness in his statements.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Have done and witness, then go, order me horses and an escort, for I ride at once.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- 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 witness
c.1300, from witness (n.). Related: Witnessed; witnessing.