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noun witness pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪtnəs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] someone who sees a crime, accident, or other event happen
    witness to:

    Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the police.

    appeal for witnesses:

    Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

    1. a.
      someone who tells a court what they know about a crime

      More than twenty witnesses will be called.

      an expert witness for the defence/prosecution

  2. 2
    [countable] someone who watches you sign an official document and then signs it to state that they have watched you
    1. a.
      someone who is with you when you get married and who signs the official document that you sign


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