Definition of surveillance
: close watch kept over someone or something (as by a detective); also : supervision
Examples of surveillance in a Sentence
government surveillance of suspected terrorists
The bank robbery was recorded by surveillance video cameras.
Recent Examples of surveillance from the Web
Once the link is opened, the telephone becomes a surveillance device.
Police released Wednesday surveillance photos of two men suspected of burglarizing a convenience store in Shawnee.
A check of surveillance video showed a man climb over the gate and enter the wrecker lot.
The details surrounding the tragic mob killing of 22-year-old Bakari Henderson last week while traveling in Greece are beginning to fall into place as new surveillance footage of the incident was recently released.
Both works swim around in the vernacular of black womanhood, exploring how the black female identity is formed and expressed under surveillance.
What looks like a fancy rococo wallpaper design in black and white and in gold is actually an arrangement of handcuffs, chains, surveillance cameras, Twitter birds and stylized alpacas—an animal which in China has become a meme against censorship.
The lengthy divorce proceedings included allegations that Tarabein launched a company called Infotech with his nephew selling video surveillance equipment.
When Bush's chief of staff and counsel attempted to have the attorney general, John Ashcroft, reauthorize an illegal domestic surveillance program from his hospital bed, Ashcroft, Comey, Mueller, and their aides planned a mass resignation.
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SURVEILLANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surveillance for English Language Learners
: the act of carefully watching someone or something especially in order to prevent or detect a crime
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