surveil

verb

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

transitive verb

: to subject to surveillance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During his time on the FISA court, Dearie approved of a warrant for the DOJ and FBI to surveil Carter Page -- a former campaign aide for Trump -- during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation after the 2016 election. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 17 Sep. 2022 Britney’s team argues Jamie, who controlled the singer’s conservatorship for 13 years, hired a security team to surveil her by monitoring her phone and bugging her bedroom. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 15 July 2022 For example, as part of institutional gaslighting, Maya's boss accused her of unethical work practices and forced co-workers to surveil her communications, leaving her alienated and her colleagues suspicious. Paige L. Sweet, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2022 At one point a PI was hired to surveil Nate Monroe, a columnist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, who had been critical of the power company. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2022 Masters wants to use high-tech gadgets to surveil the border, increase Border Patrol and finish building the wall to increase border security. Tirzah Christopher, The Arizona Republic, 29 June 2022 Privacy experts say women could be vulnerable if their personal data is used to surveil pregnancies and shared with police or sold to vigilantes. Arkansas Online, 9 July 2022 Gun rights activists have argued the code would unfairly surveil legal gun purchases. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 11 Sep. 2022 Privacy experts say women could be vulnerable if their personal data is used to surveil pregnancies and shared with police or sold to vigilantes. Arkansas Online, 9 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from surveillance

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surveil was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Surveil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surveil. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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