- ▪ I. witness wit‧ness 1 [ˈwɪtns] noun [countable] LAW1. someone in a court of law who tells the court what they saw or what they know about a crime:
• The government's case rested on one key (= important ) witness.
• I was asked to testify as a defense witness (= acting to defend the person accused of committing a crime ) .
• the main prosecution witness (= acting to show that the accused person is guilty )ˌexpert ˈwitness LAWsomeone who has expert knowledge in a particular area and comes to a court of law to give their opinion about it:
• He appeared as an expert witness before several government inquiries.2. someone who is present when an official paper is signed and who also signs it to prove this:expert witness to
• You will need two witnesses to the signing of the document.[m0] ▪ II. witness witness 2 verb [transitive] LAWto be present when someone signs an official document, and to sign it yourself to show this:
• Will you witness my signature?
* * *Ⅰ.witness UK US /ˈwɪtnəs/ noun [C] LAW► someone who gives information in a court of law about a particular person or event, usually when there has been a crime or an accident: witness for the defence/prosecution »
The key witness for the prosecution was given police protection.act as/appear as/be called as a witness »
Doctors confirmed that he was not fit to be called as a witness in the trial.»
The police are appealing for witnesses.»
a credible/material witness»
a witness account/statement► someone who signs an official document to prove that an event has happened or that someone is who they say they are: »
He signed the treaty in the presence of six witnesses.Ⅱ.witness UK US /ˈwɪtnəs/ verb [T]► to see something happen, especially an accident or a crime: »
The police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.»
witness an attack/crime► to sign your name on an official document to prove that an event has happened or that someone is who they say they are: witness an agreement/contract/signature »
She asked a colleague to witness the contract.► to experience something happening: »
India witnessed significant jumps in its growth rates as it opened up its economy to international trade.
Financial and business terms. 2012.