- 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 witnessed
They witnessed and experienced the same types of abusive events, Fenner claims.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Chernon Bah, co-founder of A World at School, was alarmed by what she witnessed recently in Sierra Leone.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Old age is the saddest and rarest way to go; I witnessed it only once.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Instead, it would return European civilization back to a period of darkness not witnessed since the Middle Ages.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
According to those who witnessed the transfusion, the effects of the antibodies were seemingly evident within hours.Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
October 26, 2014
Robert was not the only one who witnessed with indignation the captain's brutality.Brave and Bold
It was at this time that a very remarkable scene was witnessed in the House.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
All Americans have witnessed this idealism, and some for the first time.
For about five minutes it was the most frightful scene I have ever witnessed.Ridgeway
In this place I witnessed a new thing and had a strange experience.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- 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 witnessed
c.1300, from witness (n.). Related: Witnessed; witnessing.