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  1. watch
  2. verb

    • 1. look at or observe attentively over a period of time:

      Lucy watched him go as she watched, two women came into the garden everyone stopped to watch what was going on
      Synonym : observe, view, look at, eye, gaze at, stare at, gape at, peer at, contemplate, survey, feast one's eyes on, watch like a hawk, keep a weather eye on, inspect, scrutinize, scan, examine, study, take in, take stock of, glance at, see, notice, spot, glimpse, spy, catch sight of, lay one's eyes on, perceive, witness, ogle, leer at, make eyes at, pay attention to, regard, attend, take note of, mark, check out, get a load of, recce, eyeball, not take one's eyes off, take a dekko at, take a butcher's at, behold
    • 2. keep under careful, protective, or secret observation:

      there aren't enough staff to watch him properly he told me my telephones were tapped and I was being watched
      Synonym : spy on, keep watch on, keep an eye on, keep in sight, keep track of, track, monitor, survey, follow, keep under observation, keep under surveillance, keep tabs on, keep a beady eye on, stake out, surveil, look after, mind, take care of, care for, supervise, superintend, tend, attend to, minister to, foster, nurse, guard, safeguard, protect, keep an eye on, guard, stand guard over, keep guard on, protect, shield, preserve, defend, safeguard, screen, shelter, cover, patrol, police, picket, keep a lookout at
    • 3. observe and guard in a protective way:

      I guess I can rest a while, with you here to watch over me
    • 4. follow closely or maintain an interest in:

      the girls watched the development of this relationship with incredulity
    • 5. exercise care, caution, or restraint about:

      most women watch their diet during pregnancy you should watch what you say!
      Synonym : be careful about/of, exercise care/caution/restraint about, be aware of, pay attention to, consider, take into account/consideration, bear in mind, keep in mind, mind, attend to, pay heed to
    • 6. look out or be on the alert for:

      in spring and summer, watch for kingfishers watch out for broken glass
    • 7. be careful:

      credit-card fraud is on the increase, so watch out
    • 8. be careful (used as a warning or threat):

      if anyone finds out, you're dead meat, so watch it
    • 9. remain awake for the purpose of religious observance:

      she watched whole nights in the church


    • 1. a small timepiece worn typically on a strap on one's wrist.

      Synonym : timepiece, chronometer, small clock, timer, wristwatch, pocket watch, fob watch, digital watch, stopwatch
    • 2. an act or instance of carefully observing someone or something over a period of time:

      the security forces have been keeping a close watch on our activities
    • 3. a period of vigil during which a person is stationed to look out for danger or trouble, typically during the night:

      Murray took the last watch before dawn
    • 4. a fixed period of duty on a ship, usually lasting four hours.

      Synonym : shift, stint, spell, stretch, turn
    • 5. the officers and crew on duty during a watch.

    • 6. a watchman or group of watchmen who patrolled and guarded the streets of a town before the introduction of the police force.

    • 7. a body of soldiers making up a guard.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: watch, plural noun: watches

    • v.: verb: watch, 3rd person present: watches, gerund or present participle: watching, past tense: watched, past participle: watched

    • verb

      look at or observe attentively over a period of time:

      keep under careful, protective, or secret observation:

    • noun

      a small timepiece worn typically on a strap on one's wrist:

      an act or instance of carefully observing someone or something over a period of time:

    • noun

      the period from 4 to 8 a.m. on board a ship.
    • noun

      the period from midnight to 4 a.m. on board a ship.
    • noun

      a religious service held on New Year's Eve or Christmas Eve.
    • noun

      a metal chain securing a pocket watch.
    • noun

      a watch on a chain, intended to be carried in the pocket of a jacket or vest.
    • noun

      a list of individuals, groups, or items that require close surveillance, typically for legal or political reasons.
    • verb

      spend time idly observing people in a public place:
    • verb

      take action to reduce or control one's weight, especially by dieting:
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