Definitions of witness

  1. ( law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
  2. perceive or be contemporaneous with; " We found Republicans winning the offices"; " You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; " I want to see results"; " The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; " I want to see results"
  3. someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  4. 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"
  5. testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
  6. ( law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
  7. be a witness to
  8. Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
  9. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
  10. One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness.
  11. One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts.
  12. 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.
  13. To see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of.
  14. To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
  15. 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.
  16. To bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify.
  17. A person who testifies under oath at a deposition or trial, providing firsthand or expert evidence. In addition, the term also refers to someone who watches another person sign a document and then adds his name to confirm ( called " attesting") that the signature is genuine.
  18. The act of declaring, or one who declares that he has, personal knowledge of the truth of a stated fact or event; testimony; evidence; a person who testifies in court under oath; one who puts his signature to a document to show that he has seen it signed.
  19. To look on at, so as to have personal knowledge; to have direct knowledge of; to testify to; to see.
  20. To testify.
  21. 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.
  22. To have direct knowledge of: to see: to give testimony to.
  23. To give evidence.
  24. Testimony; one who testifies; one who has direct knowledge of: one who attests.
  25. To have direct knowledge of; see; attest.
  26. To see or know by personal experience; testify; attest; give evidence.
  27. A person who has seen or known something; a spectator.
  28. One who or that which furnishes evidence or proof; attestation.
  29. Testimony; attestation of a fact or event; that which furnishes evidence or proof; a person who knows or sees anything; one personally present; one who sees the execution of an instrument and subscribes it, to confirm its authenticity by his testimony; one who gives testimony in a court of justice.
  30. To see or know by personal presence; to attest; to give testimony to; to testify to something; to see the execution of an instrument, and subscribe it as witness of its authenticity; in the imperative, see, in evidence or proof.
  31. To bear testimony; to give evidence. With a witness, effectually; with great force.
  32. Testimony; knowledge or matter adduced in proof; a person who sees or knows anything; one present; one who gives evidence; one who sees the execution of a will, a deed, or suchlike, and adhibits his name to it to confirm its authenticity.
  33. To see or know by personal presence; to attest; to give testimony to; to give evidence; impera. see, in evidence or proof- as, witness my hand.

Usage examples for witness

  1. They stopped to witness the operation. – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  2. Had he done so, the affair would have been over without a witness – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. The first witness was John Knapp, and the constable stepped into the witness box. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  4. I must not witness it. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  5. And now, gentlemen, we will call the next witness – War-time Silhouettes by Stephen Hudson
  6. Witness three papers in one day. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  7. I'll witness it all right. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  8. It was terrible to witness his pain; but Mr Tooke never left him all day. – The Crofton Boys by Harriet Martineau
  9. " He never leaves Himself without a witness – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  10. Amy was about to run away and be married, and Grace was to accompany her as a witness – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  11. The Lord is my witness that I meant well. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. On that I would take my stand in any witness box. – Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front by E. W. Hornung
  13. God beareth Me witness – The Advent of Divine Justice by Shoghi Effendi
  14. He was none too good to bear false witness against Mrs. Gray, but he was afraid to do it. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  15. I'm summoned as a witness but who is Mary Johnstone? – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  16. This witness knew Philip de Mountford very well by sight, but he had never seen Luke. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  17. Mr. Gledware won't appear as a witness against Brick. – Lahoma by John Breckinridge Ellis
  18. He stands beside the witness box. – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  19. I shall be the first to witness against you. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  20. She, too, will be a witness ag'in you. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper