bystander

noun
by·​stand·​er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər How to pronounce bystander (audio) \

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

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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 on the Web Four Glendale police officers have been placed on administrative leave after bystander video captured officers apparently using force during an arrest at a mall. Leila Miller Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint that was captured on bystander video and led to worldwide protests and calls for change in policing. Amy Forliti, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint that was captured on bystander video and led to worldwide protests and calls for change in policing. Amy Forliti, ajc, 4 June 2021 And in March, bystander video captured a man carrying a toddler into an elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The verdict came about 11 months after bystander video showed Chauvin impassively kneeling on the neck and back of Floyd, handcuffed and lying prone on the street, for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020. Carma Hassan, CNN, 25 May 2021 About 15 onlookers are seen on bystander and police body camera video standing on the sidewalk, shouting at Chauvin to get off of Floyd. Amy Forliti, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Slager had pulled over the 50-year-old Black motorist for a broken brake light when their confrontation was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video that later spread worldwide on social media. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021 The windows of the store appear to be broken, according to a bystander live video on YouTube. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of bystander

1584, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Bystander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bystander. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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bystander

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bystander

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

bystander

noun
by·​stand·​er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər How to pronounce bystander (audio) \

Kids Definition of bystander

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

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