[ wit-nis ]
/ ˈwɪt nɪs /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of witness
synonym study for witness
1. See observe.
OTHER WORDS FROM witness
wit·ness·a·ble, adjectivewit·ness·er, nounpre·wit·ness, noun, verb (used with object)self-witness, noun
self-witnessed, adjectivewell-witnessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for witness
/ (ˈwɪtnɪs) /
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
- 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
Derived forms of witnesswitnessable, 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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