Definitions for Witnessˈwɪt nɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wit•nessˈwɪt nɪs(v.t.)

  1. to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception:

    to witness an accident.

  2. to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc.:

    She witnessed our wedding.

  3. to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of.

  4. to attest by one's signature:

    He witnessed her will.

  5. (v.i.)to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.

  6. (n.)a person who is present at an occurrence, esp. one who is able to attest as to what took place.

  7. a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law.

  8. a person or thing serving as evidence.

  9. a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of its execution.

  10. testimony or evidence:

    to bear witness to her suffering.

Origin of witness:

bef. 950; ME, OE witnes orig., knowledge, understanding


Princeton's WordNet

  1. witness, witnesser, informant(noun)

    someone who sees an event and reports what happened

  2. 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"

  3. witness(noun)

    testimony by word or deed to your religious faith

  4. witness, attestant, attestor, attestator(noun)

    (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature

  5. witness(verb)

    (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law

  6. witness(verb)

    be a witness to

    "She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"

  7. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. witness(noun)ˈwɪt nɪs

    sb who sees a crime or accident happening

    There were no witnesses to the murder.

  2. witnessˈwɪt nɪs

    sb who tells a court of law what they know during a trial

    a witness for the defence/prosecution

  3. witnessˈwɪt nɪs

    sb who is at an event in order to prove legally that it happened

    the two witnesses at the wedding

  4. witness(verb)ˈwɪt nɪs

    to see a crime or accident happen

    He witnessed the robbery.

  5. witnessˈwɪt nɪs

    to be a legal witness at an event

    two people to witness the signing of the contract


  1. witness(Noun)

    Attestation of a fact or event; the quality of witting something.

    She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.

  2. witness(Noun)

    One who has a personal knowledge of something.

    As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.

  3. witness(Noun)

    Someone called to give evidence in a court.

    The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.

  4. witness(Noun)

    Something that serves as evidence; a sign.

  5. witness(Verb)

    To furnish proof of, to show.

    This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.

  6. witness(Verb)

    To take as evidence.

  7. witness(Verb)

    To see, note, or gain knowledge of.

    He witnessed the accident.

  8. witness(Verb)

    To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.

    "I don't really want to be actively harrassed (I mean witnessed to) (...)"uE000152870uE001

  9. Origin: From witnesse, from witnes, equivalent to . Cognate with wetenisse, gewiznessi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witness(verb)

    attestation of a fact or an event; testimony

  2. Witness(verb)

    that which furnishes evidence or proof

  3. Witness(verb)

    one who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness

  4. Witness(verb)

    one who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts

  5. Witness(verb)

    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

  6. Witness(verb)

    to see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of

  7. Witness(verb)

    to give testimony to; to testify to; to attest

  8. Witness(verb)

    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

  9. Witness(verb)

    to bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify


  1. Witness

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4365

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Nouns Frequency: #1287

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Witness' in Verbs Frequency: #701

Anagrams of Witness

  1. wisents

Translations for Witness

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who has seen or was present at an event etc and so has direct knowledge of it

Someone must have seen the accident but the police can find no witnesses.

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