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  1. knowing; aware; conscious.

  1. North England. knowledge.

Origin of witting

First recorded in 1250–1300, witting is from the Middle English word witing.See wit2, -ing2, -ing1

Other words from witting

  • wit·ting·ly, adverb

Words Nearby witting

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How to use witting in a sentence

  • Google will have to proactively police the ecosystem if it is to live up to its promise of closing less scrupulous actors in the Android ecosystem that may seek to track device users without their witting consent.

  • Spain arrogated to herself unlimited power over the nations she had founded, witting not that they were nations.

    Ponce de Leon | William Pilling
  • This, however, cannot be expected till they see clearly that foreign iron-masters are witting to co-operate.

    Life's Handicap | Rudyard Kipling
  • Complacently he sat and smiled, little witting that his son's ordeal was imminent, and that his son's ordeal was to be his own.

  • You feel that you are capable of out-witting your uncle, and you take the earliest opportunity of "talking it over" with Alice.

  • To all this problem, vexing so many generations, the clear and witting touch of Lincoln's sacrificial penitence is the master key.

British Dictionary definitions for witting


/ (ˈwɪtɪŋ) /

  1. deliberate; intentional: a witting insult

  2. aware; knowing

Derived forms of witting

  • wittingly, adverb

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