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Noun: witness  wit-nus
  1. Someone who sees an event and reports what happened
    - witnesser, informant
  2. A close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
    "the witnesses applauded the performance";
    - spectator, viewer, watcher, looker
  3. (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
    - attestant [formal], attestor, attestator [formal]
  4. (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
  5. Testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
Verb: witness  wit-nus
  1. Be a witness to
    "She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"
  2. Perceive or be contemporaneous with
    "We witnessed Republicans winning the offices";
    - find, see
  3. (law) give testimony in a court of law
    - testify, attest, take the stand, bear witness
  4. (law) provide evidence for
    "Her behaviour bore witness to her incompetence";
    - testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show
  5. Present personal religious testimony
  6. (law) sign a document to certify that you have seen it being legitimately signed by the main signee

Derived forms: witnessing, witnessed, witnesses

Type of: beholder, declare, experience, go through, individual, inform, mortal, observer, perceiver, percipient, person, pronounce, see, signatory, signer, somebody, someone, soul, speaker, talker, testimony, utterer, verbaliser [Brit], verbalizer, watch

Encyclopedia: Witness