To see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of. [1913 Webster] This is but a faint sketch of the incalculable calamities and horrors we must expect, should we ever witness the triumphs of modern infidelity. --R. Hall. [1913 Webster] General Washington did not live to witness the restoration of peace. --Marshall. [1913 Webster]
To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest. [1913 Webster] Behold how many things they witness against thee. --Mark xv.
(Law) To see the execution of, as an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed. [1913 Webster]
- present participle of witness