[ US /ˈwɪtnəs/ ]
[ UK /wˈɪtnəs/ ]
  1. (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
  2. a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
    television viewers
    the spectators applauded the performance
    sky watchers discovered a new star
  3. (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
  4. testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
  5. someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  1. be a witness to
    She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court
  2. perceive or be contemporaneous with
    We found Republicans winning the offices
    I want to see results
    The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions
    You'll see a lot of cheating in this school
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How To Use witness In A Sentence

  • Two more debates are scheduled in the coming weeks, one debate dealing with education and health will be held in Irbid next week and the final week before elections the southern city of Karak will witness a candidates debate on agriculture and development. Daoud Kuttab: Jordanian Candidate Uses Debate to Call for Curtailing King's Powers
  • Burke's execution was witnessed by the novelist Sir Walter Scott, who sympathized with the general opinion that both men's wives had served as accomplices, and that the anatomists had been accessories to the murders.
  • When Connor sees that Michael's teenage son has witnessed the crime, it spells tragedy for the O'Sullivan family.
  • Children in particular should not have to witness wholesale slaughter of animals to which they may have become very attached.
  • Her story didn't jibe with the witnesses'account.
  • Witnesses said that two Hispanic men were seen toting the garments away.
  • It seems that CSIS witnesses may have engaged in "prevarication," and that material germane to Harkat's legal defence has been withheld by CSIS for no good reason. Archive 2009-05-01
  • The two other witnesses interviewed are a former senior council official and a former lord mayor of Leicester. Times, Sunday Times
  • In fact what we have been witnessing in recent times is an extension of the state sector under the cloak of trying to ensure proper economic competition.
  • A teenager, scarred for life when she was bottled in the face in a nightclub row, is pleading for witnesses to come forward.
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