witting

noun
wit·​ting | \ ˈwi-tᵊn, -tiŋ How to pronounce witting (audio) \

Definition of witting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

witting

adjective
wit·​ting | \ ˈwi-tiŋ How to pronounce witting (audio) \

Definition of witting (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from witting

Adjective

wittingly \ ˈwi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce witting (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for witting

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of witting in a Sentence

Adjective she was a witting partner; he had told her about the risk involved your witting assistance in helping the robber escape makes you an accessory after the fact
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tuesday’s legal filing focuses on a related defense: That the government targeted him for investigation years ago, whiffed on an earlier probe despite issuing numerous subpoenas, then landed a witting foil in Timothy. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "City Councilman Jason Williams, law partner allege 'selective and vindictive prosecution'," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "Read Former FBI Director James Comey's Full Remarks for His Senate Hearing Tomorrow," 7 June 2017 These agencies, in turn, viewed Mr. Trump as a witting or unwitting Kremlin agent. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why the CIA Needs Its Own Horowitz Report," 29 June 2018 Another major unanswered question is whether Mueller's grand jury will charge any Americans as witting participants in the hacking and leaking scheme — including anyone associated with Trump's presidential campaign. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "Mueller eyes charges against Russians who stole, spread Democrats’ emails," 1 Mar. 2018 Harvey Weinstein built his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "Behind Every Villain Stands Someone ‘Complicit’," 17 Jan. 2018 Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Leada Gore, AL.com, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017 Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Leada Gore, AL.com, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017 Let’s continue: Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Monique Judge, The Root, "James Comey’s Statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee Is the Most Epic Dry-Snitch of All Time," 8 June 2017 Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Leada Gore, AL.com, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'witting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of witting

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about witting

Time Traveler for witting

Time Traveler

The first known use of witting was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for witting

Cite this Entry

“Witting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witting. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on witting

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for witting

Comments on witting

What made you want to look up witting? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!