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Witness something vs Witness to something

witness something

1. see smth. happen:

  • We witnessed the meeting between the two great men.

2. observe an event in order to give testimony on it if required:

  • Will you witness his signature on this deed?

3. give evidence of smth.; show smth.:

  • Her pale face witnessed the agitation she felt.

witness to something

1. give testimony (as in court) regarding smth.:

  • He witnessed to having seen the accused near the scene of the crime.

2. prove or corroborate smth.:

  • Partnerships necessitate mutual praying and planning. They also witness to the unity of the church in the world.