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witness

wit·ness

witness

 
 
pronunciation:
wIt nihs
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: witnessed, witnesses, witnessing
definition 1: to know through direct sight or experience of.
She witnessed the crime.
synonyms:
eyewitness, know, see
similar words:
behold, experience, observe, perceive
definition 2: to give or serve as evidence of; testify to.
synonyms:
attest, testify
similar words:
confirm, corroborate, demonstrate, depose, establish, evidence, evince, express, reveal, show, substantiate, swear, verify, vouch
definition 3: to watch or be present at.
synonyms:
attend, see, watch
similar words:
behold, observe, view
definition 4: to attest to the legality of by signing one's name.
synonyms:
attest, notarize, sign
similar words:
certify, endorse, initial, testify, undersign, validate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to supply or act as evidence; testify.
synonyms:
testify
similar words:
attest, certify, depose, swear, vouch
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who sees or experiences an occurrence.
synonyms:
eyewitness, spectator
similar words:
beholder, bystander, looker-on, observer, onlooker, viewer, watcher
definition 2: a person who supplies evidence, esp. in a court of law.
synonyms:
testifier
similar words:
deponent, informant, informer
definition 3: a person who formally attests to a document by signing it.
similar words:
notary public, signer
definition 4: something that acts as evidence.
synonyms:
evidence, testimony
similar words:
affidavit, confirmation, declaration, deposition, profession, proof, statement, testimonial, verification
derivations: witnessable (adj.), witnesser (n.)
Word History
The word witness comes from wit, which in Old English means "knowledge."
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Word Parts
The word witness contains the following part:
-ness Old English noun-forming suffix that means state or quality of
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The suffix -ness is attached to adjectives to form nouns. It is fully productive, meaning that any word that combines an adjective and the suffix -ness is an allowable English noun. In a small set of cases, it is attached to a verb (forgiveness) or a noun (witness ).