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

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The search capability was offered not just to help identify criminal suspects, but also to detect possible witnesses, victims, bodies, and innocent bystanders and other people not charged with crimes. al.com, "How the FBI and ICE use driver license photos in investigations without consent," 8 July 2019 Investigators and bystanders worked together to remove the snake from underneath the car. Fox News, "Connecticut police wrangle 6-foot snake wrapped around car engine," 8 July 2019 The search capability was offered not just to help identify criminal suspects, but also to detect possible witnesses, victims, bodies, and innocent bystanders and other people not charged with crimes. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI and ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches," 8 July 2019 The search capability was offered not just to help identify criminal suspects, but also to detect possible witnesses, victims, bodies, and innocent bystanders and other people not charged with crimes. Drew Harwell, chicagotribune.com, "FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches," 7 July 2019 Six-foot-long snake rescued from car engine: Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut on the Fourth of July. Washington Post, "Explosion reported at university dormitory," 6 July 2019 Also: Feeling the heat, LMPD changes traffic stop rules to restrict handcuffing and searches LMPD and its officers have been sued several times in the past over pursuits that have led to injuries, or sometimes death, for suspects or bystanders. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police temporarily change pursuit policy in response to 'increasing' crime," 29 June 2019 Police officials said the shooting was justified because Hobson could have easily turned the gun on officers, other passengers or bystanders. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission tightens policy on police use of force," 20 June 2019 No bystanders or law enforcement officers were seriously injured during the gunfight. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'I see my camera as a shield': As the bullets flew, a photographer's instinct kicked in," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of bystander

1584, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bystander was in 1584

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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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