Watch meaning

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To stay alert as a devotional or religious exercise; keep vigil.
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The act or process of keeping awake or mentally alert, especially for the purpose of guarding.
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To guard, keep surveillance on, or spy on.

Watched the prisoner all day; watched the house to see who came and went.

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To pay close attention to or be careful about, especially with regard to propriety.

Watched his manners.

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To look at steadily; observe carefully or continuously.

Watch a parade.

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The act or fact of keeping awake, esp. of keeping awake and alert, in order to look after, protect, or guard.
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A person or group of people serving, especially at night, to guard or protect.
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The post or period of duty of a guard, sentinel, or watcher.
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Any of the periods into which the night is divided; a part of the night.
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A small portable timepiece, especially one worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket.
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A person or group on duty, esp. at night, to protect or guard; lookout or guard.
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A small timepiece designed to be carried in the pocket or worn on the wrist, as a pendant, etc.
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(obs.) A candle marked off into sections, used for keeping time.
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(obs.) A watchman's cry.
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(meteorol.) An official alert, as by the National Weather Service, that the conditions exist in the area for, variously, a tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, etc., although one has not yet been reported.
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To stay awake, esp. at night, so as to pray and meditate.
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To stay awake and alert at night; care for or guard something at night.
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To be on the alert; be on the lookout.
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To look or observe, esp. attentively.
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To be looking or waiting attentively.

To watch for one's chance.

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To guard.
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To keep looking at; observe carefully and constantly.
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To view mentally; keep informed about.
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To be on the alert for; wait for and look for.

To watch one's chance.

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To keep watch over or tend (a flock, a baby, etc.)
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More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.

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The act of guarding and observing someone or something.
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A particular time period when guarding is kept.

The second watch of the night began at midnight.

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A person or group of people who guard.

The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.

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The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
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(nautical) A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
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(nautical) A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55-501).
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The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.
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To look at, see, or view for a period of time.

Watching the clock will not make time go faster.

I'm tired of watching TV.

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To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.

Watch this!

Put a little baking soda in some vinegar and watch what happens.

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To mind, attend, or guard.

Please watch my suitcase for a minute.

He has to watch the kids that afternoon.

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To attend to dangers to or regarding.

Watch your head.; Watch your step.

Watch yourself when you talk to him.

Watch what you say.

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(intransitive) To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil.
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(intransitive) To be vigilant or on one's guard.

For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away.

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(intransitive) To act as a lookout.
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(nautical, of a buoy) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place.
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The definition of a watch is a small time piece worn on the wrist or carried in a pocket.

An example of a watch is what someone would wear on their wrist to tell time.

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To watch is defined as to stay awake, be alert, observe carefully or look after.

An example of to watch is paying attention to a baby while they play.

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To look or observe attentively or carefully; be closely observant.

Watching for trail markers.

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To look and wait expectantly or in anticipation.

Watch for an opportunity.

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To act as a spectator; look on.

Stood by the road and watched.

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To stay awake at night while serving as a guard, sentinel, or watcher.
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To observe the course of mentally; keep up on or informed about.

Watch the price of gold.

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To tend or take care of (a flock or children, for example).
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A flock of nightingales.
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To be wary or cautious of.

You should watch that guy. He has a reputation for lying.

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watch it
  • To be careful:
    Had to watch it when I stepped onto the ice.
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watch (one's) step
  • To act or proceed with care and caution.
  • To behave as is demanded, required, or appropriate.
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on the watch
  • watching; on the lookout, as for some thing or person expected
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on someone's watch
  • during the period that a particular person or group is in charge
    Unemployment rose on the former mayor's watch.
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watch oneself
  • to be careful, cautious, or discreet
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watch out
  • to be alert and on one's guard; be careful
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watch over
  • to protect from harm or danger
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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 wæċċan (from the same root as its synonym and doublet wacian, which lead to wake in modern English), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wakōnÄ…, *wakjanÄ…. Cognate with West Frisian weitsje (“to wake, watch"), Dutch waken (“to wake, watch"), German wachen (“to wake, watch").

    From Wiktionary

  • As a noun, from Middle English wacche, from Old English wæċċe. See below for verb form.

    From Wiktionary