Definition of bystander in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌstandər/


A person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.
Example sentences
  • Yet you are given the impression that the author was an innocent bystander to events which were supposed to have been under his control.
  • Several bystanders witnessed the incident and said that the appellant appeared calm afterwards.
  • Military officials have said the order to strike again would not have been given had many bystanders been present.

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Syllabification: by·stand·er

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