verb (used with object)
to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident.
to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc.: She witnessed our wedding.
to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of.
to attest by one's signature: He witnessed her will.
verb (used without object)
to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.
an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness.
a person or thing that affords evidence.
a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law.
a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of its execution.
testimony or evidence: to bear witness to her suffering.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

before 950; (noun) Middle English, Old English witnes orig., knowledge, understanding; see wit1, -ness; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

witnessable, adjective
witnesser, noun
prewitness, noun, verb (used with object)
self-witness, noun
self-witnessed, adjective
well-witnessed, adjective

1. perceive, watch, mark, notice, note. See observe. 10. proof, confirmation, substantiation.
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witness (ˈwɪtnɪs)
1.  a person who has seen or can give first-hand evidence of some event
2.  a person or thing giving or serving as evidence
3.  a person who testifies, esp in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge
4.  a person who attests to the genuineness of a document, signature, etc, by adding his own signature
5.  bear witness
 a.  to give written or oral testimony
 b.  to be evidence or proof ofRelated: testimonial
6.  (tr) to see, be present at, or know at first hand
7.  to give or serve as evidence (of)
8.  (tr) to be the scene or setting of: this field has witnessed a battle
9.  (intr) to testify, esp in a court of law, to events within a person's own knowledge
10.  (tr) to attest to the genuineness of (a document, signature, etc) by adding one's own signature
Related: testimonial
[Old English witnes (meaning both testimony and witness), from witan to know, wit² + -ness; related to Old Norse vitni]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. witnes "attestation of fact, event, etc., from personal knowledge;" also "one who so testifies;" originally "knowledge, wit," formed from wit (n.) + -ness. The verb is c.1300, from the noun. Christian use (1382) is as a lit. translation of Gk.
martys (see martyr). Witness stand is recorded from 1853.
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Witness definition

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).

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