sur·​veil | \ sər-ˈvāl How to pronounce surveil (audio) \
surveilled; surveilling

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Recent Examples on the Web The protest Tawasi called for never materialized, but his posts prompted federal agents to monitor his social media accounts and eventually to surveil him at the protest on the night of his arrest, court records show. Washington Post, "Swept up in the federal response to Portland protests: ‘I didn’t know if I was going to be seen again’," 10 Sep. 2020 His recruitment scheme failed, the complaint says, when the employee instead reported Kriuchkov's offer to the company, which in turn alerted the FBI, leading the bureau to surveil Kriuchkov and arrest him not long after. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "A Tesla Employee Thwarted an Alleged Ransomware Plot," 27 Aug. 2020 British government plans automated drones to surveil its coasts. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Can A.I. understand poetry?," 18 Aug. 2020 The country already uses facial recognition software to surveil the Muslim minority. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Here’s Why Experts Are Worried About Race-Detection Software," 14 Aug. 2020 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in his December 2019 report that Clinesmith had altered a CIA email cited in the fourth application to the FISA court to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2017. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, "Former FBI lawyer to plead guilty in probe into origins of Russia investigation," 14 Aug. 2020 In theory, a technophile might be able to surveil a room using an ordinary laptop and the radio antenna from a wireless router, Turpin says. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "‘Time camera’ generates 3D images from echoes of light," 4 Aug. 2020 For a single case, police might visit a pizza shop, raid a brothel, lock down a hospital, and surveil a parking lot. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, "The End of The Fictional Cop," 31 July 2020 The public should determine what police officers use—and do not use—to surveil them. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "How to Spot Police Surveillance Tools," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of surveil

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surveil

back-formation from surveillance

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13 Sep 2020

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“Surveil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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