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eyewitness

[n. ahy-wit-nis, ahy-wit-nis; v. ahy-wit-nis] /n. ˈaɪˌwɪt nɪs, ˈaɪˈwɪt nɪs; v. ˈaɪˌwɪt nɪs/
noun
1.
a person who actually sees some act, occurrence, or thing and can give a firsthand account of it:
There were two eyewitnesses to the murder.
verb (used with object)
2.
to view with one's own eyes:
to eyewitness a murder.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; eye + witness
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British Dictionary definitions for eye-witness

eyewitness

/ˈaɪˌwɪtnɪs/
noun
1.
  1. a person present at an event who can describe what happened
  2. (as modifier): an eyewitness account
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Word Origin and History for eye-witness

eyewitness

n.

1530s, from eye (n.) + witness (n.). As a verb from 1844. Related: Eyewitnessed; eyewitnessing.

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