watch·​er | \ ˈwä-chər How to pronounce watcher (audio) , ˈwȯ- \

Definition of watcher

: one that watches: such as
a : one that sits up or continues awake at night
c(1) : one that keeps watch beside a dead person
(2) : one that attends a sick person at night
d : a person who closely follows or observes someone or something a Supreme Court watcher often used in combinationcelebrity-watchers
e : a representative of a party or candidate who is stationed at the polls on an election day to watch the conduct of officials and voters

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Examples of watcher in a Sentence

the inexperienced babysitter turned out to be a well-meaning but hopelessly incompetent watcher of young children a safari that affords wildlife watchers plenty of opportunities to see Africa's grandest creatures in their natural habitat
Recent Examples on the Web White privilege also played out in Central Park recently, when Amy Cooper called the police because Chris Cooper, an African American bird-watcher, had asked her to put her dog on a leash. CBS News, "A crossroads for race relations," 7 June 2020 Christian Cooper, an avid bird watcher, walked through a quieter part of Central Park known as the Ramble. Sarah Midkiff,, "Amy Cooper’s Call To The Police Wasn’t Innocent — It Was A Racist Act Of Violence," 26 May 2020 Analysts and court-watchers speculate that the ruling on DACA may be one of the last decisions the Supreme Court announces near the end of June, when the high court's session ends. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of 650,000 'Dreamers.' Here's what could happen," 27 May 2020 WarnerMedia executives still plan to release most new programs on a weekly basis, one episode at a time, rather than the all-at-once format favored by binge-watchers. Gerry Smith,, "HBO Max Viewers May Soon Be Able to Skip Opening Credits in Break From Tradition," 20 May 2020 Congress-watchers say Republican enthusiasm for writing such a check is waning, and fast. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy," 19 May 2020 As a result, sky-watchers will see the red planet start to brighten. Jun Michael Park, National Geographic, "There’s no earthquake to warn you, because you’re on the other side of the Indian Ocean.," 13 May 2020 Tyler — and most Giants-watchers — expected the submariner to get a September call-up in 2018 after an Triple-A All-Star season that yielded a 2.13 ERA in 51 games. Henry Schulman,, "Coronavirus shutdown costs Giants’ Tyler Rogers a chance to face twin brother," 1 May 2020 From the start of the coronavirus outbreak, China-watchers have raised doubts about medical data coming from the Chinese Communist Party. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2020

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“Watcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watcher

: a person who watches someone or something regularly

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