(=eyewitness) témoin m
→ No witnesses have come forward.
There were no witnesses. Il n'a pas eu de témoins.
in front of witnesses devant témoins
→ She accused him of corruption, in front of witnesses.
to be witness to sth
(=see) être témoin de qch
→ Too often children are witness to violence.
→ Other witnesses were called, and gave similar evidence.
→ Eleven witnesses will be called to testify.
witness for the prosecution témoin à charge
witness for the defence témoin à décharge
(to signature, marriage)
→ You need two witnesses in order to get married.
to bear witness to sth témoigner de qch
→ His smile bears witness to his new-found happiness.
→ Many of these poems bear witness to his years spent in India.
[+incident, attack, crime] être témoin de
→ At least fifteen persons witnessed the attack on Morris.
→ It was the quickest swimming lesson I'd ever witnessed.
[+signature, document] certifier
[+changes, events] assister à
We are witnessing the breakdown of bureaucracy. Nous assistons à la faillite de la bureaucratie.
→ India has witnessed many political changes in recent years.
vi to witness to sth témoigner de qch → He witnessed to her unnatural behaviour. to witness to having seen sth témoigner avoir vu qch
n témoin m de moralité
n expert m
n témoin m oculaire
→ Eye witnesses say the police then opened fire on the crowd.
n Témoin m de Jéhovah
She's a Jehovah's Witness. Elle est Témoin de Jéhovah.
witness box , (British) witness stand (US)
n barre f des témoins
n déposition f de témoin