WITNESS, n. 1. Testimony; attestation of a fact or event.If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. John 5.2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.Laban said, this heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Genesis 31.3. A person who knows or sees any thing; one personally present; as, he was witness; he was an eye-witness. 1 Peter 5.4. One who sees the execution of an instrument, and subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its authenticity b his testimony.5. One who gives testimony; as, the witnesses in court agreed in all essential facts.With a witness, effectually; to a great degree; with great force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony behind. He struck with a witness. [Not elegant.]
WITNESS, v.t. 1. To see or know by personal presence. I witnessed the ceremonies in New York, with which the ratification of the constitution was celebrated, in 1788.2. To attest; to give testimony to; to testify to something.Behold, how many things they witness against thee. Mark 15.3. To see the execution of an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
WITNESS, v.i. 1. To bear testimony.The men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth. 1 Kings 21.2. To give evidence.The shew of their countenance doth witness against them. Isaiah 3.