be witness to something

formal
to see something happen

We were witness to the worst period in the club's history.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • bear witness to something — formal phrase to show that something exists or existed Bristol’s grand buildings bear witness to the city’s magnificent past. Thesaurus: to show or agree that something is truesynonym Main entry: witness …   Useful english dictionary

  • be witness to something — formal phrase to see something happen We were witness to the worst period in the club’s history. Thesaurus: to see or not see someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: witness …   Useful english dictionary

  • bear witness to something — bear testimony/witness to (something) formal if something bears testimony to a fact, it proves that it is true. The numerous awards on his walls bear witness to his great success …   New idioms dictionary

  • bear witness to something — bear witness to (something) to show by your existence that something is true. The survivors of this disaster bear witness to a terrible event we would like to forget …   New idioms dictionary

  • bear witness to something — formal to show that something exists or existed Bristol s grand buildings bear witness to the city s magnificent past …   English dictionary

  • bear witness (to something) — bear/give ˈwitness (to sth) idiom to provide evidence of the truth of sth • The crowd of mourners at his funeral bore witness to the great affection in which he was held. Main entry: ↑witnessidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • give witness (to something) — bear/give ˈwitness (to sth) idiom to provide evidence of the truth of sth • The crowd of mourners at his funeral bore witness to the great affection in which he was held. Main entry: ↑witnessidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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  • witness — wit|ness1 W3S2 [ˈwıtnıs] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(crime/accident)¦ 2¦(in a court of law)¦ 3¦(signing a document)¦ 4 be witness to something 5¦(christian belief)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: witnes knowledge, account, witness , from wit; WIT] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • witness — wit|ness1 [ wıtnəs ] noun ** 1. ) count someone who sees a crime, accident, or other event happen: Witnesses reported hearing two gunshots. witness to: Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Berkeley police. a ) someone who tells a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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