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English noun: witness

1. witness (person) someone who sees an event and reports what happened

Synonymsinformant, witnesser

Broader (hypernym)beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient, speaker, talker, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer

Narrower (hyponym)attestant, attester, deponent, deposer, testifier

2. witness (person) a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

SamplesThe spectators applauded the performance.
Television viewers.
Sky watchers discovered a new star.

Synonymslooker, spectator, viewer, watcher

Broader (hypernym)beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient

Narrower (hyponym)browser, bystander, cheerer, eyewitness, gawker, looker-on, motion-picture fan, moviegoer, ogler, onlooker, peeper, Peeping Tom, playgoer, rubberneck, rubbernecker, spy, starer, theatergoer, theatregoer, voyeur

3. witness (communication) testimony by word or deed to your religious faith

Broader (hypernym)testimony

Narrower (hyponym)shahadah

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

Synonymsattestant, attestator, attestor

Broader (hypernym)signatory, signer

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)adverse witness, character witness, expert witness, hostile witness, lay witness, material witness

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: witness

1. witness (perception) be a witness to

SamplesShe witnessed the accident and had to testify in court.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)watch

Narrower (hyponym)eyewitness

2. witness (perception) perceive or be contemporaneous with

SamplesWe 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.

Synonymsfind, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see

Narrower (hyponym)catch

Verb groupdiscover, find, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

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