monitor

noun
mon·​i·​tor | \ ˈmä-nə-tər How to pronounce monitor (audio) \

Definition of monitor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a student appointed to assist a teacher
b : one that warns or instructs monitors and instructors for troops green in the art of warNew York Times
c : one that monitors or is used in monitoring: such as
(1) : an electronic device with a screen used for display (as of television pictures or computer information)
(2) : a device for observing a biological condition or function a heart monitor
3 [Monitor, first ship of the type]
a : a heavily armored warship formerly used in coastal operations having a very low freeboard and one or more revolving gun turrets
b : a small modern warship with shallow draft (see draft entry 1 sense 8) for coastal bombardment
4 : a raised central portion of a roof having low windows or louvers for providing light and air

monitor

verb
monitored; monitoring\ ˈmä-​nə-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce monitor (audio) \

Definition of monitor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to watch, keep track of, or check usually for a special purpose Nurses monitored the patient's heart rate.

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Other Words from monitor

Noun

monitorial \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce monitor (audio) \ adjective
monitorship \ ˈmä-​nə-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce monitor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for monitor

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of monitor in a Sentence

Noun They watched the press conference on a video monitor in a back room. We put a baby monitor in the nursery. U.N. weapons monitors and inspectors. Verb Nurses constantly monitored the patient's heart rate. We're in a good position to monitor and respond to customer concerns. Government agents have been monitoring the enemy's radio communications.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Taken together, the revelations contained in the database paint a picture of ongoing violence by guards in the troubled city jail system, confirming the findings of a federal monitor last fall. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 Hicks added that a federal monitor at the prison would likely be part of the agreement. Mike Catalini, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 John Caniglia reports the settlement comes the same week as a federal monitor’s critical report on the police department’s response to the unrest. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 1 Mar. 2021 James is seeking reforms including the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD’s policing tactics at future protests and a court order declaring that the policies and practices the department used during the protests were unlawful. Time, 14 Jan. 2021 This sort of monitor is built for no-compromises twitch gaming, and as such, Acer baked in Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer technology. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, 7 Jan. 2021 Federal monitor Bart Schwartz now oversees a Nycha overhaul under a 2019 settlement with the feds. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020 With a federal monitor reviewing police operations, the city has initiated a number of reforms. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2020 The court ruling that mandated body cameras also imposed a federal monitor. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Firefighters continued to monitor potential fire threats for electrical transmission lines in the San Carlos Apache communities. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 22 June 2021 Officers had been sent there to monitor public safety because a crowd of approximately 1,000 people had gathered at Lake Merritt, the OPD said in a release Sunday. Hollie Silverman, CNN, 21 June 2021 Besides Prime Day, investors this week are likely to closely monitor existing and new home sales figures and the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 21 June 2021 According to the Oakland Police Department, that shooting happened while thousands of people were gathered around the lake downtown, and Oakland Police were there to monitor public safety. NBC News, 20 June 2021 Brad Pearson was in Worcester to monitor Sale, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery in March 2020. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 So that makes the age group particularly important to monitor. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, 19 June 2021 Options include everything from transponders to smart phones to routine odometer readings as a way to monitor the driving distances of the roughly 26 million vehicles registered in California. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 Iran does not allow international election observers to monitor its polls. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of monitor

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monitor

Noun and Verb

Latin, one that warns, overseer, from monēre to warn — more at mind

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The first known use of monitor was in 1530

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22 Jun 2021

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“Monitor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monitor. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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monitor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monitor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that shows information or images on a screen
: a device that is used to listen to sounds being made in another room
: a device that shows and records information about a condition or function of the body

monitor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of monitor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to watch, observe, listen to, or check (something) for a special purpose over a period of time

monitor

noun
mon·​i·​tor | \ ˈmä-nə-tər How to pronounce monitor (audio) \

Kids Definition of monitor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a video screen used for display (as of television pictures or computer information)
2 : a student in a school picked for a special duty (as keeping order)
3 : a person or thing that watches or checks something a heart monitor

monitor

verb
monitored; monitoring

Kids Definition of monitor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to watch or check for a special reason Nurses monitored the patient's heart rate.

monitor

noun
mon·​i·​tor | \ ˈmän-ət-ər How to pronounce monitor (audio) \

Medical Definition of monitor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that monitors especially : a device for observing or measuring a biologically important condition or function a heart monitor

monitor

transitive verb
monitored; monitoring\ ˈmän-​ət-​ə-​riŋ, ˈmän-​ə-​triŋ How to pronounce monitor (audio) \

Medical Definition of monitor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to watch, observe, or check closely or continuously monitor a patient's vital signs
2 : to test for intensity of radiations especially if due to radioactivity

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