eye·​wit·​ness | \ ˈī-ˈwit-nəs How to pronounce eyewitness (audio) \

Definition of eyewitness

: one who sees an occurrence or an object especially : one who gives a report on what he or she has seen

Examples of eyewitness in a Sentence

The police are hoping to locate an eyewitness to the shooting. He was able to give an eyewitness account of the shooting.

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Boente, though, is not an eyewitness to Trump and Comey's interaction. Matt Zapotosky, chicagotribune.com, "Dana Boente, former top Justice Department official now at FBI, has been interviewed by Mueller," 11 Apr. 2018 Would the eyewitnesses — often, friends — who could help deliver justice for their families ever be moved to do what that couple had done? Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "Hope is a great gift for mothers of murder victims, bettered only by deliverance | Helen Ubiñas," 11 May 2018 Meantime, neighbors and eyewitnesses described a weekend scene of destruction as flames rose from the Gasciogne Lumber Co. and Northwest Millwork operations along the ship canal between Puget Sound and Lake Union. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Cause of massive North Queen Anne lumber yard fire remains under investigation," 13 Nov. 2018 This is where the stories of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Steven’s family and apparent eyewitnesses split. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Teen Shooting Victim Steven Rosenthal's Family Counters Suicide Ruling," 20 Aug. 2018 There's no eyewitnesses' Phommathep said Neal was smart about his shooting. Dale Kasler, Anita Chabria And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "'Nobody had to die.' Neighbors say Tehama sheriff ignored year of terror before shootings | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018 Initially wanted as an eyewitness, Cary was confronted by police in July of 1999, and ended up confessing to all four murders. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 Many killings were carried out by blue-shirted members of paramilitary groups loyal to Mr. Ortega and his Sandinista party, according to eyewitnesses, U.S. officials and former Nicaraguan government officials. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Ramps Up Nicaragua Sanctions, Citing Corruption, Abuses," 27 Nov. 2018 Prosecutors and police pieced together events using accounts from six eyewitnesses, three of whom saw the entire incident. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "A man hurled racist slurs and a punch at a FedEx driver — then died after he was punched back," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of eyewitness

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eyewitness

: a person who sees something happen and is able to describe it



Legal Definition of eyewitness

: one who sees an occurrence or object or sometimes experiences it through other senses (as hearing) and usually reports or testifies about it

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