Definitions for Witnessˈwɪt nɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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.
(v.i.)to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.
(n.)a person who is present at an occurrence, esp. one who is able to attest as to what took place.
a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law.
a person or thing serving as evidence.
a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of its execution.
testimony or evidence:
to bear witness to her suffering.
Origin of witness:
bef. 950; ME, OE witnes orig., knowledge, understanding
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who sees a crime or accident happening
There were no witnesses to the murder.
sb who tells a court of law what they know during a trial
a witness for the defence/prosecution
sb who is at an event in order to prove legally that it happened
the two witnesses at the wedding
to see a crime or accident happen
He witnessed the robbery.
to be a legal witness at an event
two people to witness the signing of the contract
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
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.
- testemunhaPortuguese (BR)
- svědek, -kyněCzech
- der Zeuge/die ZeuginGerman
- αυτόπτης μάρτυραςGreek
- sjónarvottur, vitniIcelandic
-  liecinieksLatvian
- لوونه، شاهد، شاهديPashto
- şahit, tanıkTurkish
- 目擊者Chinese (Trad.)
- nhân chứngVietnamese
- 目击者Chinese (Simp.)
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