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witness

2 verb
     
Related topics: Law
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1

crime/accident

[transitive] to see something happen, especially a crime or accident:
Several residents claim to have witnessed the attack.
2

experience something

[transitive] to experience important events or changes:
Priests have witnessed an increase in religious intolerance.
3

time/place

[transitive] if a time or place witnesses an event, the event happens during that time or in that place:
Recent years have witnessed the collapse of the steel industry.
4

official document

[transitive]SCL if you witness the signing of an official document, you are there when it is signed, and sign it yourself to prove this:
Will you witness my signature?
5

witness something

also ..., as witnessed by something used to introduce an example that proves something you have just mentioned:
Bad economic times can result in political dictatorships. Witness Germany in the 1930s.
6

religion

[intransitive]RRC to speak publicly about your Christian beliefs

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