witness, witnesser, informant(noun)
someone who sees an event and reports what happened
spectator, witness, viewer, watcher, looker(noun)
a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
"the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
witness, attestant, attestor, attestator(noun)
(law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
(law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
be a witness to
"She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"
witness, find, see(verb)
perceive or be contemporaneous with
"We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
Attestation of a fact or event; the quality of witting something.
She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.
One who has a personal knowledge of something.
As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.
Someone called to give evidence in a court.
The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.
Something that serves as evidence; a sign.
To furnish proof of, to show.
This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.
To take as evidence.
To see, note, or gain knowledge of.
He witnessed the accident.
To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.
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Origin: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.
attestation of a fact or an event; testimony
that which furnishes evidence or proof
one who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness
one who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts
one who sees the execution of an instrument, and subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its authenticity by his testimony; one who witnesses a will, a deed, a marriage, or the like
to see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of
to give testimony to; to testify to; to attest
to see the execution of, as an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed
to bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify
Origin: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]
A witness is someone who has, who claims to have, or is thought, by someone with authority to compel testimony, to have knowledge relevant to an event or other matter of interest. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know about the matter before some official authorized to take such testimony. A percipient witness or eyewitness is one who testifies what they perceived through his or her senses. That perception might be either with the unaided human sense or with the aid of an instrument, e.g., microscope or stethoscope, or by other scientific means, e.g.,a chemical reagent which changes color in the presence of a particular substance. A hearsay witness is one who testifies what someone else said or wrote. In most court proceedings there are many limitations on when hearsay evidence is admissible. Such limitations do not apply to grand jury investigations, many administrative proceedings, and may not apply to declarations used in support of an arrest or search warrant. Also some types of statements are not deemed to be hearsay and are not subject to such limitations.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wit′nes, n. knowledge brought in proof: testimony of a fact: that which furnishes proof: one who sees or has personal knowledge of a thing: one who attests.—v.t. to have direct knowledge of: to see: to give testimony to: to show: (Shak.) to foretell.—v.i. to give evidence.—ns. Wit′ness-box, the enclosure in which a witness stands when giving evidence in a court of law; Wit′nesser.—With a witness (Shak.), to a great degree. [A.S. witnes, testimony—witan, to know.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4365
Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Nouns Frequency: #1287
Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Verbs Frequency: #701
The numerical value of Witness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Witness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
It's always good to have a witness, but it's tough for a 10-year-old, especially being both a victim and a witness. But right now our guys are investigating.
The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience.
There are a lot of cases where police officers do n’t get indicted for what looks like extreme situations, many jurors and judges tend to believe police officers more than your average witness.
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Translations for Witness
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- prova, testimoni, evidència, atestat, veure, provar, testimoniatge, contemplar, testificarCatalan, Valencian
- svědek, svědectvíCzech
- Zeuge, Zeugin, bezeugenGerman
- ɖasedila, ɖaseɖiɖiEwe
- testigo, testimonio, testificar, prueba, probarSpanish
- todistaja, todistaa, todistus, todiste, osoittaaFinnish
- preuve, témoignage, témoigner, témoinFrench
- neach-fianais, fianaisScottish Gaelic
- tanú, tanúság, fültanú, szemtanú, tanúsít, tanúságtételHungarian
- հաստատել, ականատես, վկա, վկայություն, վկայելArmenian
- testimonianza, testimoniare, essere testimoneItalian
- 目撃者, 証人, 証Japanese
- 証人, 증인, 목격자, 目擊者Korean
- getuige, getuigenisDutch
- świadectwo, świadekPolish
- testemunho, provar, testemunha, testemunhar, prova, presenciarPortuguese
- понятой, свидетельство, подтвердить, очевидец, свидетель, подтверждать, свидетельница, свидетельстоватьRussian
- svjedòčiti, svjèdok, svjedòkinja, svjedočánstvoSerbo-Croatian
- vittnesmål, vittne, vittna om, bevittnaSwedish
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