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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.

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  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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