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witting

noun wit·ting \ ˈwi-tᵊn , -tiŋ \

Definition of witting

1 chiefly dialectal : knowledge or awareness of something : cognizance
2 chiefly dialectal : information obtained or communicated : news

First Known Use of witting

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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witting

adjective wit·ting \ ˈwi-tiŋ \

Definition of witting

1 : cognizant or aware of something : conscious
  • a witting participant
2 : done deliberately : intentional
  • a witting violation

wittingly

play \ˈwi-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of witting in a Sentence

  1. she was a witting partner; he had told her about the risk involved

  2. your witting assistance in helping the robber escape makes you an accessory after the fact

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First Known Use of witting

circa 1520

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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