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Meaning & Definition of Witness in English

English

Witness

/wɪtnəs/

noun

1. Someone who sees an event and reports what happened

    synonym:
  • witness
  • ,
  • witnesser
  • ,
  • informant

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • spectator
  • ,
  • witness
  • ,
  • viewer
  • ,
  • watcher
  • ,
  • looker

3. Testimony by word or deed to your religious faith

    synonym:
  • witness

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

    synonym:
  • witness
  • ,
  • attestant
  • ,
  • attestor
  • ,
  • attestator

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

    synonym:
  • witness

verb

1. Be a witness to

  • "She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"
    synonym:
  • witness

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • witness
  • ,
  • find
  • ,
  • see

Examples of using

I'm not the thief, you are a witness!
They called the same witness to court.
Our only witness is refusing to testify.