(1)   Testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
(2)   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)   Someone who sees an event and reports what happened
(4)   (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
(5)   (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law


(6)   Be a witness to
"She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"
(7)   Perceive or be contemporaneous with
"We found Republicans winning the offices"
"You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"
"The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"
"I want to see results"


  1. Attestation of a fact or event.
    She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.
  2. One who has a personal knowledge of something.
    As a witness to the event, I can tell you that he really said that.
  3. Someone called to give evidence in a court.
    The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.
  4. Something that serves as evidence; a sign.


  1. To furnish proof of, to show.
    This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.
    • 1667: round he throws his baleful eyes / That witness'd huge affliction and dismay — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1 ll. 56-7
  2. To take as evidence.
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  4. To see, note, or gain knowledge of.
    He witnessed the accident.
  5. To preach at someone.
    "I don't really want to be actively harrassed (I mean witnessed to) (...)"