be (a) witness to (something)

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be (a) witness to (something)

1. To see something happen. I was a witness to many inappropriate situations when I worked in an office. Were you witness to the accident, or did you arrive at the scene after it happened?
2. To be proof of something. The many students on campus these days are a witness to the school's successful rebranding efforts.
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be (a) ˈwitness to something


1 (formal) see something take place: He has been witness to a terrible murder.
2 (written) show that something is true; provide evidence for something: His good health is a witness to the success of the treatment.
See also: something, witness
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I have also been witness to situations where criticisms flew far and wide without merit.
I am sure Splore's crew has been witness to such joy before, giving them rewards for their immense efforts in making the inaccessible so accessible.
We have all been witness to the valiant and courageous spirits that truly define such people as Richard Pryor and Annette Funicello, much more so than the multiple sclerosis that has ravaged their bodies - but we must also keep in mind that their conditions are not typical of the average MS patient and that because their symptoms emerged so long ago, perhaps neither of them has been able to benefit fully from the newest research and treatment.