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witness

[ wit-nis ]
/ ˈwɪt nɪs /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.

noun

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Origin of witness

First recorded before 950; (noun) Middle English, Old English witnes originally, “knowledge, understanding”; see wit1, -ness; (verb) Middle English, derivative of the noun
1. See observe.
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British Dictionary definitions for witness

witness
/ (ˈwɪtnɪs) /

noun

verb

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