watch

When you watch something, you observe it or guard it — like when you watch the latest episode of your favorite television show or when you watch your baby cousin.

You use the word watch (rather than look) when you'll be observing for a while, and with some care. If you agree to watch your neighbor's puppy, it means that you've promised to observe him carefully and make sure he doesn't get into trouble. When watch is a noun, it is the timepiece you wear on your wrist. Many people use their cell phones to get the time of day, instead of their watches.

Primary Meanings of watch

1.
vn
look attentively
a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
2.
n
a small portable timepiece
3.
n
the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
Full Definitions of watch
1

v look attentively

watch a basketball game”
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witness
be a witness to
rubberneck
strain to watch; stare curiously
catch, see, take in, view
see or watch
observe
watch attentively
bird, birdwatch
watch and study birds in their natural habitat
eyewitness
be present at an event and see it with one's own eyes
visualise, visualize
view the outline of by means of an X-ray
spectate
be a spectator in a sports event
preview
watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
monitor, supervise
keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
monitor
check, track, or observe by means of a receiver
reconnoiter, reconnoitre, scout
explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
track
observe or plot the moving path of something

v observe with attention

“They watched as the murderer was executed”
Synonyms:
look on
Types:
sit back, sit by
be inactive or indifferent while something is happening

v see or watch

Synonyms:
catch, see, take in, view
see
perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
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visualise, visualize
view the outline of by means of an X-ray
spectate
be a spectator in a sports event
preview
watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
image
render visible, as by means of MRI

v follow with the eyes or the mind

“The world is watching Sarajevo”
Synonyms:
follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch over
follow, trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
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keep tabs on
keep a record on or watch attentively
guard
to keep watch over
invigilate, proctor
watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
patrol, police
maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
keep guard, stand guard, stand sentinel, stand watch
watch over so as to protect
baby-sit, sit
work or act as a baby-sitter
baby-sit
take watchful responsibility for
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check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

v be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

Watch out for pickpockets!”
Synonyms:
look out, watch out
Types:
beware, mind
be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to
keep one's eyes open, keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned
pay attention; be watchful
look after
keep under careful scrutiny

v observe or determine by looking

Watch how the dog chases the cats away”

v find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Synonyms:
ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
ascertain, determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Types:
test
determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

n a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

Synonyms:
vigil
Types:
continuous receiver watch, listening watch
a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
spying
keeping a secret or furtive watch
Type of:
surveillance
close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)

n the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty

Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

Types:
dogwatch
either of two short watches: from 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm
graveyard watch, middle watch, midwatch, night watch
a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)
Type of:
duty period, shift, work shift
the time period during which you are at work

n a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

Synonyms:
lookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter
Type of:
security guard, watcher, watchman
a guard who keeps watch
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n a small portable timepiece

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ticker
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analog watch
a watch that represents time by the position of hands on a dial
digital watch
a watch with a digital display
hunter, hunting watch
a watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal
pendulum watch
(18th century) a watch with a balance wheel having a fake pendulum attached to it
pocket watch
a watch that is carried in a small watch pocket
stem-winder
a watch that is wound by turning a knob at the stem
wrist watch, wristwatch
a watch that is worn strapped to the wrist
Type of:
horologe, timekeeper, timepiece
a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
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n the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

Synonyms:
vigil
Types:
viewing, wake
a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial
agrypnia
a vigil before certain feasts (as e.g. Easter)
Type of:
religious rite, rite
an established ceremony prescribed by a religion

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