Witness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwɪtnəs|  American pronunciation of the word witness
Brit.  |ˈwɪtnəs|  British pronunciation of the word witness


- someone who sees an event and reports what happened (syn: informant, witnesser)
- a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind) (syn: looker, spectator, viewer, watcher)
- testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
- (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature (syn: attestant, attestator, attestor)
- (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law


- be a witness to
- perceive or be contemporaneous with (syn: find, see)


The defense called its first witness to the stand.

His aunt and uncle were witnesses at his baptism.

There must be two witnesses present when she signs the document.

Several people witnessed the accident.

We are witnessing a historic moment.

He witnessed the signing of her will.

His actions witness to his trustworthiness.

Europe witnessed many wars.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

One witness to the accident said the driver appeared to be drunk.

The defense is expected to call them as witnesses.

Several residents claim to have witnessed the attack.

Priests have witnessed an increase in religious intolerance.

Recent years have witnessed the collapse of the steel industry.

Will you witness my signature?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: witness
he/she/it: witnesses
present participle: witnessing
past tense: witnessed
past participle: witnessed
singular: witness
plural: witnesses
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