Meaning of EVIDENCE in English


/ ˈevɪdəns; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ U , C ] evidence (of / for sth) | evidence (that ... ) | evidence (to suggest, show, etc.) the facts, signs or objects that make you believe that sth is true :

There is convincing evidence of a link between exposure to sun and skin cancer.

We found further scientific evidence for this theory.

There is not a shred of evidence that the meeting actually took place.

Have you any evidence to support this allegation?

The room bore evidence of a struggle.

On the evidence of their recent matches, it is unlikely the Spanish team will win the cup.


[ U ] the information that is used in court to try to prove sth :

I was asked to give evidence (= to say what I knew, describe what I had seen, etc.) at the trial.

He was released when the judge ruled there was no evidence against him.

—see also circumstantial


- (be) in evidence

- turn King's / Queen's evidence

—more at balance noun

■ verb

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] ( formal ) to prove or show sth; to be evidence of sth

SYN testify to :

The legal profession is still a largely male world, as evidenced by the small number of women judges.



Middle English : via Old French from Latin evidentia , from evident- obvious to the eye or mind, from e- (variant of ex- ) out + videre to see.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.