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witnessnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɪt.nəs/

witness noun [C] (SEE)

B2 a ​person who ​sees an ​eventhappening, ​especially a ​crime or an ​accident: Police are ​appealing for witnesses to the ​accident to come ​forward. According to (​eye) witnesses, the ​robbery was ​carried out by two ​teenageboys.be witness to sth to ​see something ​happen: She was witness to the ​tragicevent. someone who is ​asked to be ​present at a ​particularevent and ​signtheirname in ​order to ​prove that things have been done ​correctly: He ​signed the ​treaty in the ​presence of two witnesses. They were ​married a ​year after they first ​met, with two ​friendsacting as witnesses.
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witness noun [C] (LAW)

a ​person in a ​lawcourt who says what they ​know about a ​legalcase or a ​particularperson: Ten witnesses are ​expected to ​testify at the ​trial today. The key witness for the ​prosecution was ​offeredpoliceprotection after she ​receiveddeaththreats.expert witness a ​person who is ​allowed to give ​theiropinion in a ​lawcourt because of ​theirknowledge or ​practicalexperience of a ​particularsubject: A ​psychiatrist was called as an ​expert witness for the ​defence.

witnessverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈwɪt.nəs/

witness verb [T] (BE PRESENT)

B2 to ​see something ​happen, ​especially an ​accident or ​crime: Did anyone witness the ​attack? They were ​staying in the ​capital at the ​time of the ​riots and witnessed several ​streetbattles. [+ -ing verb] He ​arrivedhome just in ​time to witness his ​brother being taken away by the ​police. to be ​present at an ​event and to ​signyourname as ​proof that it ​happened or that it was done ​correctly: Her will was witnessed by two ​colleagues.
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witness verb [T] (HAPPEN)

formal When a ​place or ​period witnesses a ​particularevent, the ​eventhappens in that ​place or during that ​period: This ​university has witnessed ​quite a few ​changes over the ​years. Those ​years witnessed ​momentouschangesthroughoutEurope.

witness verb [T] (SHOW)

to show or give ​proof of something: This year's ​charityball was the most ​successful one ​ever, as witnessed by the ​number of ​ticketssold. The ​programmearousedstrongfeelings - witness the ​number of ​lettersreceived.
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(Definition of witness from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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witnessnoun

 us   /ˈwɪt·nəs/

witness noun (PERSON WHO SEES)

[C/U] a ​person who ​sees an ​eventhappening, esp. a ​crime or an ​accident: [C] According to witnesses, the ​car used in the robbery was a ​greenvan with Pennsylvania ​licenseplates. [C/U] Someone who is witness to something ​sees it: [U] She was witness to the ​tragicevent. [C/U] If you are a witness, you are ​asked to be ​present at a ​particularevent and to sign (= write ​yourname on) a ​document in ​order to ​prove that things have been done ​correctly: [C] The will has to be ​signed by two witnesses.

witness noun (PERSON IN COURT)

[C] a ​person in a ​lawcourt who ​promises to ​tell the ​truth and ​answersquestions about something that was ​seen or is ​known: defense/​prosecution witnesses Five witnesses are ​expected to ​testify at the ​trial today.

witnessverb [T]

 us   /ˈwɪt·nəs/

witness verb [T] (BE THE PERSON WHO SEES)

to ​see something ​happen: We were there at the ​time and witnessed the ​accident. The ​university has witnessed (= ​experienced)quite a few ​changes over the ​years. Witness also ​means to show or give ​proof of something: The ​programarousedstrongfeelings, as witnessed by the ​number of ​letters the ​stationreceived. Rock ​music is ​becoming a ​healthproblem – witness the ​loss of ​hearing (= for ​proof, ​look at the ​loss of ​hearing) in some of ​ouryouth. If you are ​asked to witness an ​event, you are ​asked to be ​present at it and ​signyourname to ​prove that things have been done ​correctly.
(Definition of witness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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witnessnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɪtnəs/ LAW
someone who gives ​information in a ​court of ​law about a particular ​person or ​event, usually when there has been a ​crime or an accident: witness for the defence/prosecution The key witness for the ​prosecution was given ​policeprotection.act as/appear as/be called as a witness Doctors ​confirmed that he was not ​fit to be called as a witness in the ​trial. The ​police are appealing for witnesses. a credible/​material witness a witness ​account/​statement
someone who ​signs an ​officialdocument to prove that an ​event has ​happened or that someone is who they say they are: He ​signed the ​treaty in the presence of six witnesses.

witnessverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈwɪtnəs/
to see something ​happen, especially an accident or a ​crime: The ​police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. witness an attack/​crime
to ​sign your ​name on an ​officialdocument to prove that an ​event has ​happened or that someone is who they say they are: witness an agreement/contract/signature She ​asked a ​colleague to witness the ​contract.
to ​experience something ​happening: India witnessed significant ​jumps in its ​growthrates as it ​opened up its ​economy to ​internationaltrade.
(Definition of witness from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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