The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Witness \Wit"ness\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Witnessed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Witnessing.]
1. To see or know by personal presence; to have direct
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.
General Washington did not live to witness the
restoration of peace. --Marshall.
2. To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
Behold how many things they witness against thee.
--Mark xv. 4.
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.