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Definition of eyewitness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈaɪˌwɪtnəs//
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a person who has seen a crime, an accident, etc. and can describe it afterward an eyewitness account of the suffering of the refugees Thesauruswitnessobserver onlooker passerby bystander eyewitnessThese are all words for a person who sees something happen.witness a person who sees something happen and is able to describe it to other people; a person who gives evidence in a court of law:Police are seeking witnesses to the a person who watches something happen:According to observers, the election was peaceful and fair.onlooker a person who watches something that is happening but is not involved in it:A crowd of onlookers gathered at the scene of the accident.passerby a person who is going past someone or something by chance, especially when something unexpected happens:Police asked passersby if they had witnessed the robbery.bystander a person who is near and can see what is happening when something such as an accident or a fight takes place:Three innocent bystanders were killed in the crossfire.eyewitness a person who has seen a crime or an accident and can describe it afterwardPatterns a(n) witness/observer/onlooker/passerby/bystander/eyewitness sees something a(n) observer/onlooker/passerby/bystander witnesses something see also witness
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