Watched the prisoner all day; watched the house to see who came and went.
Watched his manners.
Watch a parade.
To watch for one's chance.
To watch one's chance.
Watch your head.; Watch your step.
Watch yourself when you talk to him.
Watch what you say.
For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away.
An example of a watch is what someone would wear on their wrist to tell time.
An example of to watch is paying attention to a baby while they play.
Watching for trail markers.
Watch for an opportunity.
Stood by the road and watched.
Watch the price of gold.
- To be careful:Had to watch it when I stepped onto the ice.
- To act or proceed with care and caution.
- To behave as is demanded, required, or appropriate.
- watching; on the lookout, as for some thing or person expected
- during the period that a particular person or group is in chargeUnemployment rose on the former mayor's watch.
- to be careful, cautious, or discreet
- to be alert and on one's guard; be careful
- to protect from harm or danger
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of watch
- Middle English wacchen from Old English wæccan to watch, be awake weg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- As a verb, from Middle English wacchen, from Old English wÃ¦Ä‹Ä‹an (from the same root as its synonym and doublet wacian, which lead to wake in modern English), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wakÅnÄ…, *wakjanÄ…. Cognate with West Frisian weitsje (“to wake, watch"), Dutch waken (“to wake, watch"), German wachen (“to wake, watch").
- As a noun, from Middle English wacche, from Old English wÃ¦Ä‹Ä‹e. See below for verb form.