bystander

noun by·stand·er \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of bystander

: one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator
  • innocent bystanders who were injured in the shooting

Examples of bystander in a Sentence

  1. Two innocent bystanders were injured in the shooting.

  2. bystanders rushed to help the victim of the mugging

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First Known Use of bystander

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BYSTANDER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bystander for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is standing near but not taking part in what is happening


BYSTANDER Defined for Kids

bystander

noun by·stand·er \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \

Definition of bystander for Students

: a person present or standing near but taking no part in what is going on


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