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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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