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something presented in support of the truth or accuracy of a claim
  • the ruins are a compelling witness of the ancient civilization's cultural and aesthetic achievements

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Synonyms & Antonyms of witness (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to declare (something) to be true or genuine
  • a notary public witnessing wills and other important documents

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2 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • witnessed the crime

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3 to make a solemn declaration under oath for the purpose of establishing a fact
  • I witnessed to the fact that I had seen them together that night

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4 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • war changes anyone who has ever witnessed it first hand

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How does the verb witness contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of witness are attest, certify, and vouch. While all these words mean "to testify to the truth or genuineness of something," witness applies to the subscribing of one's own name to a document as evidence of its genuineness.

witnessed the signing of the will

When can attest be used instead of witness?

While the synonyms attest and witness are close in meaning, attest applies to oral or written testimony usually from experts or witnesses.

attested to the authenticity of the document

In what contexts can certify take the place of witness?

The meanings of certify and witness largely overlap; however, certify usually applies to a written statement, especially one carrying a signature or seal.

certified that the candidate had met all requirements

When could vouch be used to replace witness?

In some situations, the words vouch and witness are roughly equivalent. However, vouch applies to one who testifies as a competent authority or a reliable person.

willing to vouch for her integrity

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The first known use of witness was before the 12th century

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“Witness.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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