From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Witness \Wit"ness\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Witnessed; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Witnessing.]
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   1. To see or know by personal presence; to have direct
      cognizance of.
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            This is but a faint sketch of the incalculable
            calamities and horrors we must expect, should we
            ever witness the triumphs of modern infidelity. --R.
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            General Washington did not live to witness the
            restoration of peace.                 --Marshall.
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   2. To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
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            Behold how many things they witness against thee.
                                                  --Mark xv. 4.
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   3. (Law) To see the execution of, as an instrument, and
      subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its
      authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
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