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witness

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈwɪtnəs/
COURT someone in a court of law who says what they have seen and what they know about a crime: The witness was called to the stand.People appearing in court
SEE B2 someone who sees an accident or crime: Police are appealing for witnesses to the shooting.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptiveCrime - general wordsAudiences and spectators
DOCUMENT someone who signs their name on an official document to say that they were present when someone else signed itOfficial documentsSigning and signatures
(Definition of witness noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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