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Meaning of WITNESS

Pronunciation:  'witnis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  4. [n]  (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
  5. [n]  (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
  6. [v]  be a witness to
  7. [v]  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"

WITNESS is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: attestator, attestor, find, informant, looker, see, spectator, viewer, watcher, witnesser
 See Also: adverse witness, attestant, attester, beholder, browser, bystander, catch, character witness, cheerer, deponent, experience, expert witness, eyewitness, go through, hostile witness, human, individual, lay witness, looker-on, material witness, mortal, motion-picture fan, moviegoer, observer, ogler, onlooker, peeper, Peeping Tom, perceiver, person, playgoer, rubberneck, signatory, signer, somebody, someone, soul, speaker, spy, starer, talker, testifier, testimony, theatergoer, theatregoer, undergo, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer, voyeur, watch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wit"ness\, n. [AS. witness, gewitnes, from witan to
    know. [root]133. See {Wit}, v. i.]
    1. Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
             May we with . . . the witness of a good conscience,
             pursue him with any further revenge?  --Shak.
             If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
                                                   --John v. 31.
    2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
             Laban said to Jacob, . . . This heap be witness, and
             this pillar be witness.               --Gen. xxxi.
                                                   51, 52.
    3. One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise
       has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an
       earwitness. ``Thyself art witness I am betrothed.''
             Upon my looking round, I was witness to appearances
             which filled me with melancholy and regret. --R.
    4. (Law)
       (a) One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before
           a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed
           in all essential facts.
       (b) 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.
    {Privileged witnesses}. (Law) See under {Privileged}.
    {With a witness}, effectually; to a great degree; with great
       force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony. [Colloq.]
             This, I confess, is haste with a witness. --South.
  2. \Wit"ness\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Witnessed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Witnessing}.]
    1. To see or know by personal presence; to have direct
       cognizance of.
             This is but a faint sketch of the incalculable
             calamities and horrors we must expect, should we
             ever witness the triumphs of modern infidelity. --R.
             General Washington did not live to witness the
             restoration of peace.                 --Marshall.
    2. To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
             Behold how many things they witness against thee.
                                                   --Mark xv. 4.
    3. (Law) 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.
  3. \Wit"ness\, v. i.
    To bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify. --Chaucer.
          The men of Belial witnessed against him. --1 Kings xxi.
          The witnessing of the truth was then so generally
          attended with this event [martyrdom] that martyrdom now
          signifies not only to witness, but to witness to death.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: One who personally sees or perceives a thing; one who testifies as to what he has seen, heard, or otherwise observed.
Easton Bible Dictionary

More than one witness was required in criminal cases (Deut. 17:6; 19:15). They were the first to execute the sentence on the condemned (Deut. 13:9; 17:7; 1 Kings 21:13; Matt. 27:1; Acts 7:57, 58). False witnesses were liable to punishment (Deut. 19:16-21). It was also an offence to refuse to bear witness (Lev. 5:1).