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

Definition of surveil

transitive verb

: to subject to surveillance

Examples of surveil in a Sentence

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Meanwhile, the privacy fears around Facebook have raised concerns about how Oculus will surveil its users. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 2018 The Nunes memo omits an unknown, but probably large, amount of contextual data about other sources of the warrants to surveil Page. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Backward Logic of the Nunes Memo," 2 Feb. 2018 Authorities in the Xinjiang province surveil the Uighur people, who are predominantly Muslim, in the name of counterterrorism and imprison vast numbers of people in camps, according to Foreign Policy. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Apple's latest security fix is deepening divisions over FBI access," 15 June 2018 Law enforcement might still use your friends’ social media accounts to surveil you, running photos through facial recognition. Ethan Chiel, New Republic, "The Injustice of Algorithms," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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