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WITNESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does witness mean? 

WITNESS (noun)
  The noun WITNESS has 5 senses:

1. someone who sees an event and reports what happened
2. a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
3. testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
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

  Familiarity information: WITNESS used as a noun is common.


WITNESS (verb)
  The verb WITNESS has 2 senses:

1. be a witness to
2. perceive or be contemporaneous with

  Familiarity information: WITNESS used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WITNESS (noun)


Sense 1witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who sees an event and reports what happened

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

witness; witnesser; informant

Hypernyms ("witness" is a kind of...):

beholder; observer; perceiver; percipient (a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses)

speaker; talker; utterer; verbaliser; verbalizer (someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "witness"):

deponent; deposer; testifier (a person who testifies or gives a deposition)

attestant; attester (someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something)


Sense 2witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

looker; spectator; viewer; watcher; witness

Context examples:

the spectators applauded the performance / television viewers / sky watchers discovered a new star

Hypernyms ("witness" is a kind of...):

beholder; observer; perceiver; percipient (a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "witness"):

peeper; Peeping Tom; voyeur (a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others)

starer (a viewer who gazes fixedly (often with hostility))

spy (a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people)

rubberneck; rubbernecker (a person who stares inquisitively)

playgoer; theatergoer; theatregoer (someone who attends the theater)

looker-on; onlooker (someone who looks on)

ogler (a viewer who gives a flirtatious or lewd look at another person)

motion-picture fan; moviegoer (someone who goes to see movies)

gawker (a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness)

eyewitness (a spectator who can describe what happened)

cheerer (a spectator who shouts encouragement)

bystander (a nonparticipant spectator)

browser (a viewer who looks around casually without seeking anything in particular)


Sense 3witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Testimony by word or deed to your religious faith

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("witness" is a kind of...):

testimony (a solemn statement made under oath)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "witness"):

shahadah (the first pillar of Islam is an affirmation of faith)


Sense 4witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

attestor; attestator; attestant; witness

Hypernyms ("witness" is a kind of...):

signatory; signer (someone who signs and is bound by a document)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 5witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("witness" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "witness"):

adverse witness; hostile witness (a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party)

character witness (a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives)

expert witness (a witness who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the topic that he is to testify about)

lay witness (any witness who does not testify as an expert witness)

material witness (a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter)


WITNESS (verb)


Sense 1witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a witness to

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court

Hypernyms (to "witness" is one way to...):

watch (look attentively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "witness"):

eyewitness (be present at an event and see it with one's own eyes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2witness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perceive or be contemporaneous with

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

witness; see; find

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "witness" is one way to...):

experience; go through; see; undergo (go or live through)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "witness"):

catch (become aware of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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