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

Definition of surveil 

transitive verb

: to subject to surveillance

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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 Democrats, though, soon fired back with their own memo asserting that their Republican counterparts were misstating the facts, and that the effort to surveil Page was completely appropriate. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Inspector general announces he will review Justice Department’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser," 28 Mar. 2018 Did the Justice Department rely on the Christopher Steele memo in order to surveil Carter Page? Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Nunes Memo Is Fake and the Russia Scandal Is Very Real," 24 Feb. 2018 Lookout recently discovered an effort to surveil about 100 civilians and government officials in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and other countries, Mr. Murray said. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Mobile-Phone Malware Is Rising. Blame Spies.," 7 June 2018 Did Strzok or Page have any role in reviewing, approving, or supplying information for the FISA warrant obtained to surveil Carter Page? Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Sen. Lindsey Graham presses DOJ on role of Strzok, Page in Russia probe," 28 June 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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