Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

witness

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb witness pronunciation in American English /ˈwɪtnəs/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theywitness
he/she/itwitnesses
present participlewitnessing
past tensewitnessed
past participlewitnessed
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of witness
    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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of witness
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of witness

phrase

phrasal verbs

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog