sur·​veil | \ sər-ˈvāl \
surveilled; surveilling

Definition of surveil

transitive verb

: to subject to surveillance

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Among the regulations that come with it is legal permission for government employees to surveil and destroy drones that fly into sensitive airspace. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Are Hobby Drones Dead?," 7 Dec. 2018 That would allow the drones to deploy and surveil the property without the homeowner manually deploying it via the app, for example. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Drones Might Just Be The Future Of Home Security," 7 Dec. 2018 In the same interview, Graham lent credence to Trump's claims that the FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was worthy of inquiry. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "‘A confidential informant is not a spy’: Lindsey Graham undercuts his ally Trump," 25 May 2018 To surveil the enemy at a distance whether day or night, Jaguar has a PASEO EO/IR sight system. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Formidable 'Jaguar' recon vehicle revealed, touts powerful cannon and anti-tank missiles," 18 June 2018 Starting in October 2016, the FBI sought and received authority from the FISA court to surveil Page — surveillance that extended into 2017. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, "Nunes confrontation with Justice Department appears to ease," 10 May 2018 The memo, according to people who have seen it, is a short summary of some of the intelligence used to support a government request to secretly surveil Carter Page, the former Trump campaign associate. Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, "Answers About the Secret Memo on the Trump-Russia Inquiry," 30 Jan. 2018 The group that helped him escape used drones to surveil the prison in preparation for the operation. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "That Dramatic Helicopter Prison Escape Was Inspired by the Man Who Brought You 'Miami Vice'," 3 July 2018 The committee also charged that the bureau’s decision to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was influenced by politics. Eric Lichtblau, Time, "The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think," 3 May 2018

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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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The first known use of surveil was in 1884

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