eye·wit·ness | \ ˈī-ˈwit-nəs \

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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Among the eyewitnesses to the New York blackout were a La Mesa woman and her son. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 14, 1977: Blackout hits N.Y.," 14 July 2018 The lawsuit filed by Jacques Rivera accuses former Detective Reynaldo Guevara of coercing the only eyewitness to Valentin’s shooting — a 12-year-old boy — into identifying Rivera as the gunman. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Controversial ex-Chicago cop expected to take the Fifth at trial over wrongful conviction," 5 June 2018 An eyewitness to the attack of a San Antonio man in 2014 detailed the brutal assault before the man was suffocated and dismembered and parts of his body cooked on a grill, as the murder retrial of Daniel Moreno Lopez opened Friday. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Witness details gruesome beating of San Antonio man who was cut up, body parts burned," 25 May 2018 Prosecutors Inga Petrovich and Taylor Anthony argued that jurors should have still found the witness credible due to the risk assumed in testifying as an eyewitness. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Trae Williams convicted of manslaughter in killing of his uncle in Algiers," 24 Apr. 2018 White's recollections are the first reported from an independent eyewitness who offers support for the woman's account. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Mark Cuban drunk, 'gropey,' in 2011 incident that led to sex abuse inquiry, Portland bar employee says," 7 Mar. 2018 But the most important witness to Zellner is an eyewitness who did testify before. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Ryan Ferguson: Wrongfully Convicted," 30 Jan. 2018 Students need to interview eyewitnesses, official sources and experts and obtain documents to determine how the accident happened and whether the green slime is a health hazard. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "The News Literacy Project takes on ‘fake’ news — and business is better than ever," 27 Mar. 2018 The wreckage turned out to be more than a mile out to sea, farther than the quarter-mile range that had been reported by eyewitnesses, but Terrill and Moline said perception of distance often is distorted by the chaos of war. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World War II B-24 bomber found in South Pacific, 7 decades later," 25 May 2018

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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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