watch

verb
\ ˈwäch How to pronounce watch (audio) , ˈwȯch\
watched; watching; watches

Definition of watch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise
b : to be awake during the night
2a : to be attentive or vigilant
b : to keep guard
3a : to keep someone or something under close observation
b : to observe as a spectator the country watched as stocks fell sharply
4 : to be expectant : wait watch for the signal

transitive verb

1 : to keep under guard
2a : to observe closely in order to check on action or change being watched by the police
b : to look at : observe sat and watched the crowd
c : to look on at watch television watch a ball game
3a : to take care of : tend
b : to be careful of watches his diet
4 : to be on the alert for : bide watched her opportunity
watch it
: look out : be careful watch it when you handle the glassware
watch one's step
: to proceed with extreme care : act or talk warily
watch over
: to have charge of : superintend

watch

noun

Definition of watch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend
b obsolete : the state of being wakeful
c : a wake over a dead body
d : a state of alert and continuous attention
e : close observation : surveillance
f : a notice or bulletin that alerts the public to the possibility of severe weather conditions occurring in the near future a winter storm watch
2a : any of the definite divisions of the night made by ancient peoples
b : one of the indeterminate intervals marking the passage of night usually used in plural the silent watches of the night
b archaic : the office or function of a sentinel or guard
4a : a body of soldiers or sentinels making up a guard
b : a watchman or body of watchmen formerly assigned to patrol the streets of a town at night, announce the hours, and act as police
5a(1) : a portion of time during which a part of a ship's company is on duty
(2) : the part of a ship's company required to be on duty during a particular watch
(3) : a sailor's assigned duty period
b : a period of duty : shift
c : a term as holder especially of an overseeing or managerial office the business grew on her watch
6 : a portable timepiece designed to be worn (as on the wrist) or carried in the pocket — compare clock

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Examples of watch in a Sentence

Verb

They have a rookie on the team who is fun to watch. I fell asleep watching television. What movie are you watching? “Mom, watch me do a cartwheel!” She sat and watched the children play. “Would you like to play, too?” “No, I'll just watch.” Just sit back and watch. Keep watching to see what happens next. “What happens next?” “Watch and see.” People are watching this presidential race very carefully.

Noun

He glanced at his watch. When you're driving in winter you should always be on the watch for ice on the roads.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But suppose there’s someone watching you with the Portal who isn’t your friend? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Facebook Portal+," 24 Mar. 2019 College scouts regularly attend games to watch them play. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 So, without further ado, here are the seven biggest stories to watch for in 2019. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Well, sign me up for a binge-watching session as soon as possible. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who Will Play Princess Diana in 'The Crown'? Everything We Know So Far," 12 Mar. 2019 Jennifer Lopez’s engagement rings are closely watched because they have been known to impact the diamond market in mysterious and profound ways. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Ring From Alex Rodriguez," 10 Mar. 2019 The authors relied on their own independent data collection (re-watching the DVD boxed set), cross-referencing their data with online resources such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and the Game of Thrones Wiki. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones," 9 Dec. 2018 This self-assurance sets up the rest of the new, must-watch Hulu show. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company will hold watch parties for each of the shows: Bringing in fan-favorite shows also seems like a good way for the company to lead more fans to the service. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Facebook is now streaming every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly," 30 Nov. 2018 Her campaign watch party concluded with her hugging each of us and giving out personal thank-yous for our hard work. Michael Pincus, Teen Vogue, "Losing in the Midterm Elections Isn’t the End," 9 Nov. 2018 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivering remarks during an election watch party in Washington on Tuesday. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "For Nancy Pelosi, a Comeback Eight Years in the Making," 7 Nov. 2018 Keep watch for this groundbreaking collab, dropping at Fashion Week on April 20. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Model Halima Aden Is Launching Her Own Collection of 27 Headscarves With Modansia," 19 Mar. 2019 The Beefeaters, the beloved ceremonial guards that keep watch over the Crown Jewels, are continuing to protest over their pensions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beefeaters Continue to Strike at the Tower of London," 22 Jan. 2019 But there are only 11 watch faces to choose from, and Huawei doesn't provide any others. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Also, the watch faces have now been improved, and include a chronograph (called Infograph) and soothing treatments (called Fire and Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal) which are exclusive to the new model. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Is the New Apple Watch Worth It? A Sleeker, Better Design and Some Spiffy Brand New Features Say Yes," 19 Sep. 2018 Reddit users, and Apple support forum users have been questioning the lack of a pride watch face in Russia over the past couple of months. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple blocks its gay pride watch face in Russia," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of watch

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for watch

Verb

Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan — more at wake

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watch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of watch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening
: to give your attention to (a situation, an event, etc.)
: to care for (someone or something) for a period of time in order to make sure that nothing bad or unwanted happens

watch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device that shows what time it is and that you wear on your wrist or carry in a pocket
: the act of giving your attention to someone or something especially in order to make sure that nothing bad or unwanted happens
: the act of looking for someone or something that you expect to see : the act of regularly checking to see if someone has arrived or if something has appeared or happened

watch

verb
\ ˈwäch How to pronounce watch (audio) \
watched; watching

Kids Definition of watch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to keep in view Did you watch the game?
2 : to be on the lookout I'm watching for a signal.
3 : to take care of : tend Watch the house until I get back.
4 : to be careful of Watch your step.
5 : to keep guard Watch outside the door.
6 : to stay awake She watched at the sick child's bedside.
watch out
: to be aware of and ready for Remember to watch out for broken glass.

Other Words from watch

watcher noun

watch

noun

Kids Definition of watch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small timepiece worn on the wrist or carried
2 : close observation
4 : the time during which someone is on duty to guard or be on the lookout
5 : an act of keeping awake to guard or protect

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