What does witness mean?

Definitions for witness
ˈwɪt nɪswit·ness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word witness.

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"


  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

  10. Origin: [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to know. 133. See Wit, v. i.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Witness

    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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. witness

    One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; one who gives testimony. Every judge-advocate of a court-martial or court of inquiry has power to issue the like process, to compel witnesses to appear and testify, which courts of criminal jurisdiction within the State, Territory, or District where such military courts are ordered to sit may lawfully issue. For oath administered to witnesses, depositions, etc., see Appendix, Articles of War, 91, 92, and 118.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of witness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of witness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of witness in a Sentence

  1. Martin Stolar:

    Randy is a witness.

  2. Detective Michael Boyd:

    No, ma'am, at that point she was a witness.

  3. Aldous Huxley:

    The silent bear no witness against themselves.

  4. St. Francis of Assissi:

    Witness at all times. If necessary, use words.

  5. Danish proverb:

    Life without a friend is death without a witness.

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Translations for witness

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  • شاهدArabic
  • шаһитBashkir
  • prova, testimoni, evidència, atestat, veure, provar, testimoniatge, contemplar, testificarCatalan, Valencian
  • svědek, svědectvíCzech
  • vidneDanish
  • Zeuge, Zeugin, bezeugenGerman
  • ɖasedila, ɖaseɖiɖiEwe
  • μάρτυραςGreek
  • atestantoEsperanto
  • testigo, testimonio, testificar, prueba, probarSpanish
  • شاهدPersian
  • todistaja, todistaa, todistus, todiste, osoittaaFinnish
  • preuve, témoignage, témoigner, témoinFrench
  • fianaiseIrish
  • neach-fianais, fianaisScottish Gaelic
  • गवाहHindi
  • tanú, tanúság, fültanú, szemtanú, tanúsít, tanúságtételHungarian
  • հաստատել, ականատես, վկա, վկայություն, վկայելArmenian
  • saksiIndonesian
  • testimonianza, testimoniare, essere testimoneItalian
  • 目撃者, 証人, 証Japanese
  • 証人, 증인, 목격자, 目擊者Korean
  • mataaraMāori
  • getuige, getuigenisDutch
  • vitneNorwegian
  • świadectwo, świadekPolish
  • testemunho, provar, testemunha, testemunhar, prova, presenciarPortuguese
  • martorRomanian
  • понятой, свидетельство, подтвердить, очевидец, свидетель, подтверждать, свидетельница, свидетельстоватьRussian
  • svjedòčiti, svjèdok, svjedòkinja, svjedočánstvoSerbo-Croatian
  • svedkomSlovak
  • vittnesmål, vittne, vittna om, bevittnaSwedish
  • shahidiSwahili
  • సాక్షిTelugu
  • گواہUrdu

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