wit|ness1 W3S2 [ˈwıtnıs] n
2¦(in a court of law)¦
3¦(signing a document)¦
4 be witness to something
5¦(christian belief)¦
[: Old English; Origin: witnes 'knowledge, account, witness', from wit; WIT]
someone who sees a crime or an accident and can describe what happened
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
witness to
One witness to the accident said the driver appeared to be drunk.
an eye witness (=someone who sees an event) to the robbery
someone who appears in a court of law to say what they know about a crime or other event
key/star/principal witness
the key witness in the case against the brothers
The defense is expected to call them as witnesses .
witness for the prosecution/defence also prosecution/defence witness
(=someone the prosecution or defence lawyers choose as a witness in order to help prove their case)
someone who is present when an official document is signed, and who signs it too, to say that they saw it being signed
witness to
a witness to a will
4.) be witness to sth
formal to be present when something happens, and watch it happening
We were witness to the worst excesses of the military.
5.) ¦(CHRISTIAN BELIEF)¦ [U and C]
AmE a public statement of strong Christian belief, or someone who makes such a statement
bear witness atbear1 (15)
witness 2
witness2 v
2¦(experience something)¦
4¦(official document)¦
5 witness something
to see something happen, especially a crime or accident
Several residents claim to have witnessed the attack.
to experience important events or changes
Priests have witnessed an increase in religious intolerance.
3.) ¦(TIME/PLACE)¦ [T]
if a time or place witnesses an event, the event happens during that time or in that place
Recent years have witnessed the collapse of the steel industry.
if you witness the signing of an official document, you are there when it is signed, and sign it yourself to prove this
Will you witness my signature ?
5.) witness sth also ..., as witnessed by sth
used to introduce an example that proves something you have just mentioned
Bad economic times can result in political dictatorships. Witness Germany in the 1930s.
6.) ¦(RELIGION)¦ [I]
to speak publicly about your Christian beliefs

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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