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verb witness pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪtnəs/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywitness
he/she/itwitnesses
present participlewitnessing
past tensewitnessed
past participlewitnessed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to see something happen, for example a crime or an accident
    Several journalists witnessed the incident in which eight people were injured.
    Ambulance crews witness scenes like these every day.
    1. a.
      to be present when something important happens
      What we are witnessing is a party running out of ideas.
    2. b.
      used for saying that something happened at a particular time or in a particular place
      The 1980s witnessed enormous growth in the financial sector.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to watch someone sign an official document, and then sign it yourself to state that you have watched them
    Could you witness my signature on this visa application?
  3. 4
    [transitive] used before you give an example that proves what you have just said
    He was as much a journalist as a storyteller: witness the fact that many of his concerns are still relevant today.

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