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
Two innocent bystanders were injured in the shooting.
bystanders rushed to help the victim of the mugging
Recent Examples of bystander from the Web
Assembly Bill 797, signed in September 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown, allows bystanders to free animals from vehicles that are too hot or too cold as long as certain conditions are met.
But for soldiers, protesters, and bystanders alike, the cycles of unrest and repression can erase any semblance of normalcy, amid school closures, internet blackouts, and curfews.
WJLA-TV broadcast a bystander’s cellphone video of the April 24 scene.
Fox 61 reports that a fight broke out when a bystander attempted to break up the rally.
A single shot is heard, the bystanders scatter and the video pans away.
Passing bystanders rushed to help the officer following the crash, WFAA reported.
The explosion damaged the car's windshield, leaving no other sign of damage, but startled bystanders.
Cohan points to a scene in a recent episode, in which Maggie and Daryl (Norman Reedus) clear the air around Daryl's guilt over being a bystander (and by provoking Negan, an instigator) in Glenn's death.
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First Known Use of bystander
BYSTANDER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of bystander for Students
: a person present or standing near but taking no part in what is going on
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