Surveil meaning

sər-vāl'
To keep under surveillance.
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To engage in surveillance of; keep watch over.
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(nonstandard) To keep someone or something under surveillance.

The plaintiff also stresses that the store as a whole, and the customer exits especially, were closely surveilled.Alexandre of London v. Indem. Ins. Co., 182 F. Supp. 748, 750 (United States District Court for the District of Columbia) (1960), cited in Bryan A. Garner. A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2nd ed., 2001) p. 861

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Origin of surveil

  • Back-formation from surveillance
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Back-formation from surveillance. More at survey.
    From Wiktionary