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A multi-purpose stadium is an absolute must in order to invigorate our downtown and, simultaneously, let the rest of the country witness that we can get things done.
Alan Autry

Meaning of "witness" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WITNESS

Old English witnes (meaning both testimony and witness), from witan to know, wit² + -ness; related to Old Norse vitni.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WITNESS

witness  [ˈwɪtnɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WITNESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Witness is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb witness in English.

WHAT DOES WITNESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

witness

Witness

A witness is someone who has, who claims to have, or is thought, by someone with authority to compel testimony, to have knowledge relevant to an event or other matter of interest. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know about the matter before some official authorized to take such testimony. A percipient witness or eyewitness is one who testifies what they perceived through his or her senses. That perception might be either with the unaided human sense or with the aid of an instrument, e.g., microscope or stethoscope, or by other scientific means, e.g.,a chemical reagent which changes color in the presence of a particular substance. A hearsay witness is one who testifies what someone else said or wrote. In most court proceedings there are many limitations on when hearsay evidence is admissible. Such limitations do not apply to grand jury investigations, many administrative proceedings, and may not apply to declarations used in support of an arrest or search warrant.

Definition of witness in the English dictionary

The first definition of witness in the dictionary is a person who has seen or can give first-hand evidence of some event. Other definition of witness is a person or thing giving or serving as evidence. Witness is also a person who testifies, esp in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WITNESS

PRESENT

Present
I witness
you witness
he/she/it witnesses
we witness
you witness
they witness
Present continuous
I am witnessing
you are witnessing
he/she/it is witnessing
we are witnessing
you are witnessing
they are witnessing
Present perfect
I have witnessed
you have witnessed
he/she/it has witnessed
we have witnessed
you have witnessed
they have witnessed
Present perfect continuous
I have been witnessing
you have been witnessing
he/she/it has been witnessing
we have been witnessing
you have been witnessing
they have been witnessing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I witnessed
you witnessed
he/she/it witnessed
we witnessed
you witnessed
they witnessed
Past continuous
I was witnessing
you were witnessing
he/she/it was witnessing
we were witnessing
you were witnessing
they were witnessing
Past perfect
I had witnessed
you had witnessed
he/she/it had witnessed
we had witnessed
you had witnessed
they had witnessed
Past perfect continuous
I had been witnessing
you had been witnessing
he/she/it had been witnessing
we had been witnessing
you had been witnessing
they had been witnessing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will witness
you will witness
he/she/it will witness
we will witness
you will witness
they will witness
Future continuous
I will be witnessing
you will be witnessing
he/she/it will be witnessing
we will be witnessing
you will be witnessing
they will be witnessing
Future perfect
I will have witnessed
you will have witnessed
he/she/it will have witnessed
we will have witnessed
you will have witnessed
they will have witnessed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been witnessing
you will have been witnessing
he/she/it will have been witnessing
we will have been witnessing
you will have been witnessing
they will have been witnessing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would witness
you would witness
he/she/it would witness
we would witness
you would witness
they would witness
Conditional continuous
I would be witnessing
you would be witnessing
he/she/it would be witnessing
we would be witnessing
you would be witnessing
they would be witnessing
Conditional perfect
I would have witness
you would have witness
he/she/it would have witness
we would have witness
you would have witness
they would have witness
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been witnessing
you would have been witnessing
he/she/it would have been witnessing
we would have been witnessing
you would have been witnessing
they would have been witnessing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you witness
we let´s witness
you witness
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to witness
Past participle
witnessed
Present Participle
witnessing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WITNESS


adroitness
əˈdrɔɪtnɪs
appropriateness
əˈprəʊprɪɪtnɪs
aquafitness
ˈækwəˌfɪtnɪs
brightness
ˈbraɪtnɪs
earwitness
ˈɪərˌwɪtnɪs
eyewitness
ˈaɪˌwɪtnɪs
fitness
ˈfɪtnɪs
forthrightness
ˈfɔːθraɪtnɪs
greatness
ˈɡreɪtnɪs
impoliteness
ˌɪmpəˈlaɪtnɪs
lateness
ˈleɪtnɪs
lightness
ˈlaɪtnɪs
politeness
pəˈlaɪtnɪs
rightness
ˈraɪtnɪs
slightness
ˈslaɪtnɪs
straightness
ˈstreɪtnɪs
tightness
ˈtaɪtnɪs
unfitness
ʌnˈfɪtnɪs
uprightness
ˈʌpˌraɪtnɪs
whiteness
ˈwaɪtnɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WITNESS

withoutdoors
withstand
withstander
withstood
withwind
withy
witless
witlessly
witlessness
witling
witloof
witness box
witness statement
witnessable
witnesser
witney
wits

WORDS THAT END LIKE WITNESS

adeptness
alertness
aptness
bluntness
business
compactness
correctness
expert witness
flatness
hotness
physical fitness
pleasantness
political correctness
promptness
robustness
shortness
softness
sweetness
tartness
vastness
wetness

Synonyms and antonyms of witness in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WITNESS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «witness» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of witness

Translation of «witness» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WITNESS

Find out the translation of witness to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of witness from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «witness» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

证人
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

testigo
570 millions of speakers

English

witness
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गवाह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَاهِد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

свидетель
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

testemunha
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সাক্ষী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

témoin
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Saksi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Zeuge
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

目撃者
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

증인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Saksi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhân chứng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சாட்சி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

साक्षीदार
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tanık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

testimone
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

świadek
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

свідок
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

martor
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μάρτυρας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

getuie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vittne
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

vitne
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of witness

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WITNESS»

The term «witness» is very widely used and occupies the 9.139 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WITNESS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «witness» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «witness» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about witness

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10 QUOTES WITH «WITNESS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word witness.
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Saint Ambrose
Nothing escapes God's knowledge. This is proved by the witness of the Scriptures and the analogy of the sun, which, although created, yet by its light or heat enters into all things.
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Alan Autry
A multi-purpose stadium is an absolute must in order to invigorate our downtown and, simultaneously, let the rest of the country witness that we can get things done.
3
Andrea Bocelli
Even in the most beautiful music there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence.
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James L. Buckley
Unfortunately, in today's world we have to be reminded that the power of an oath derives from the fact that in it we ask God to bear witness to the promises we make with the implicit expectation that He will hold us accountable for the manner in which we honor them.
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George W. Bush
I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging.
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Whittaker Chambers
A witness, in the sense that I am using the word, is a man whose life and faith are so completely one that when the challenge comes to step out and testify for his faith, he does so, disregarding all risks, accepting all consequences.
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Whittaker Chambers
A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something.
8
Eduardo Chillida
Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness: the work.
9
Shane Claiborne
Liturgy and worship were never meant to be confined to the cathedrals and sanctuaries. Liturgy at its best can be performed like a circus or theater - making the Gospel visible as a witness to the world around us.
10
William Kingdon Clifford
To consider only one other such witness: the followers of the Buddha have at least as much right to appeal to individual and social experience in support of the authority of the Eastern saviour.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WITNESS»

Discover the use of witness in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to witness and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Witness
In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.
Karen Hesse, 2013
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The Witness
NORA ROBERTS' 200th BOOK! In her stunning new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts proves why no one is better “when it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance" (Booklist, starred review).
Nora Roberts, 2012
3
Witness
The author recounts the forces that shaped his life, describes his involvement with the Communist Party, and explains the reasons for his identification of Alger Hiss as a Communist agent
Whittaker Chambers, 1987
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The Fifth Witness
Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Michael Connelly, 2011
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Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black In Nazi Germany
This is a story of the unexpected.In Destined to Witness, Hans Massaquoi has crafted a beautifully rendered memoir -- an astonishing true tale of how he came of age as a black child in Nazi Germany.
Hans Massaquoi, 2009
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EU Standards in Witness Protection and Collaboration with ...
This book presents the results of a study conducted for the European Commission, aimed at preparing legislative European initiative in the areas of both procedural and non-procedural witness protection and collaboration with justice.
Gert Vermeulen, 2005
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Witness
The Protectors are back! From bestselling author Beverly Barton come the first two stories in this beloved series. Defending His OwnOnce Deborah Vaughn had loved Ashe McLaughlin with all of her teenage heart.
Beverly Barton, 2010
8
Witness for the Prosecution: A Play in Three Acts
Thriller / Characters: 8 male, 5 female Scenery: 2 Interiors Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending.
Agatha Christie, 1982
9
Witness
The story of Rivkah, a young Jewish shepherdess, who witnesses the angelic announcement of Christ's birth.
E. G. Lewis, 2009
10
The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer ...
""The Only Living Witness" towers over the rest of the Ted Bundy bookshelf . . . (as) a monument to book-length journalism" (Jack Olsen, author of "The Misbegotten Son").
Stephen G. Michaud, Hugh Aynesworth, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WITNESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term witness is used in the context of the following news items.
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Jehovah's Witnesses 'hid' over 1000 sex-abuse cases
The Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years, ... «New York Post, Jul 15»
2
Witness: Memphis man 'hogtied' by police hours before death after …
A Tennessee man died after a witness says police in northern Mississippi police "hogtied" him on a stretcher. Multiple news outlets report that 30-year-old ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
3
Witness in Asaram case shot at in Shahjahanpur
LUCKNOW: A witness in the sexual assault case against Asaram Bapu was shot at in Shahjahanpur late on Friday evening. He was rushed to district hospital ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
4
Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, marchers carry photos of police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a rally in Pasco, Wash. A witness said ... «U.S. News & World Report, Jul 15»
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Aaron Hernandez arraigned in witness intimidation case
BOSTON —Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was in Boston courtroom Thursday to face a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double ... «WMUR Manchester, May 15»
6
Adnan Syed of 'Serial' podcast seeks chance to call alibi witness into …
The witness, Asia McClain, said in an affidavit that she was in a library with Syed when Lee was killed. 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed granted motion to appeal ... «New York Daily News, May 15»
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New Witness Says He 'Saw Natalee Holloway on the Last Night She …
But now, a new witness has come forward, giving new hope that Holloway's ... The witness, Jurrien Dej Jong, tells Inside Edition that he was among the last ... «People Magazine, May 15»
8
New indictment says Aaron Hernandez shot double-homicide …
Bradley is believed to be a witness to the homicides of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and prosecutors say Bradley was shot by Hernandez after he made ... «CNN, May 15»
9
Charges dismissed in devastating Rim Fire because of witness deaths
In the motion filed Friday, the government says two witnesses have died since the indictment was filed in August 2014. One of them was identified as "critical to ... «News10.net, May 15»
10
'Bernie' case prosecutor seeks recusal, says he's a witness
CARTHAGE, Texas — The Texas district attorney who was to prosecute for a second time the man whose murder conviction inspired the movie “Bernie” has ... «Dallas Morning News, Mar 15»

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