bystander

noun
by·​stand·​er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \

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 bystander suffered non-life threatening injuries, Jones said. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Seattle Times, "Northern California deputy killed by gunfire, second wounded," 17 Sep. 2018 Some bystanders may also fear becoming the target of violence. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Familiar questions about ‘bystander effect’ arise after man berates woman for Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Last week, Onofri said investigators were collecting ballistic evidence that may help determine which bullets struck the bystanders. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "'Shots fired! Shots fired! … Everybody out!' Terror and chaos at Trenton arts festival," 27 June 2018 But to echo the unseen bystander, why did police have to get involved in the first place? Breanna Edwards, The Root, "#GoingToTheMoviesWhileBlack: Parents Say Movie Theater Manager Called Cops on Them After They Tried to Retrieve Kids from Cinema," 26 June 2018 In a way, the Supreme Court simply takes on this conversation for itself, and leaves the citizenry as bystanders. Sean Illing, Vox, "The case for abolishing the Supreme Court," 12 Oct. 2018 Because attendees have been inundated with messaging, bystander intervention is common: many report helping victims themselves, whether intervening in an argument or helping someone who appears overly intoxicated. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 Talking into a microphone, Lee spoke positively about the June 12 meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore and urged bystanders to put aside their political biases to support a peace treaty. Jacob Geanous, BostonGlobe.com, "Korean-Americans call for peace treaty to end family separation," 30 June 2018 Vernon doesn’t care about Russell, who’s just another bystander to him. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of bystander

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

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