keep watch


: to watch to make sure that no one is coming
She kept watch outside while the others robbed the bank.

Examples of keep watch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warring gangs would keep watch from rooftops, sometimes shooting indiscriminately, wielding such control that even blood relatives divided by the barrier wouldn’t acknowledge one another on the street or while riding the same bus home from work. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 But the strategy of locking up products, which is cheaper for them than hiring more staff to keep watch throughout a store, has backfired. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 And Alba, freshly arrived from the Dominican Republic, is passionate about wrestling, but has to learn English and keep watch over her younger brother at the same time. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 Tight ends like to stick together, so keep watch of DeGraaf and Swanson for the future. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 The job of journalists is to keep watch, to investigate and to report. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 4 Jan. 2024 The Border Patrol has stationed field agents nearby to keep watch over the camp, and migrants say authorities have told them to wait there for transfer to an official processing facility. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Naturally alert, llamas keep watch for predators encroaching on the paddock and make an alarm-like sound to ward off intruders. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 Lenses in the front and rear keep watch over drivers in the front and back of you, while built-in night vision ensures that you’re still protected once the sun goes down. Samantha Booth, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'keep watch.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near keep watch

Cite this Entry

“Keep watch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!