watch·​er | \ ˈwä-chər , ˈwȯ-\

Definition of watcher

: one that watches: such as
a : one that sits up or continues awake at night
b : watchman
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 combination celebrity-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

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Some market watchers say high levels of stock trading by individuals in Hong Kong also help explain the sudden rises and falls. Mike Bird, WSJ, "A Major Market’s Major Headache: Stocks That Crash Without Warning," 21 Jan. 2019 However, in light of swirling tabloid rumors suggesting tension between the Cambridges and Sussexes, Middleton’s enthusiasm caught the attention of many royal watchers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Voices Her Excitement About the New Royal Baby," 29 Nov. 2018 Of course, the Queen was likely providing a rare dose of humor, not a critique of the royal watchers clamoring to peek inside her house. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Reveals the One Annoying Thing About Opening Buckingham Palace to the Public," 26 Nov. 2018 The book tells the story of the alpha female, O-Six, who became a favorite of wolf watchers and conservationists. The Editors, Outside Online, "Beyond Books Club: The 'American Wolf' Author Podcast," 9 July 2018 The move alienated a number of hardcore Telegram watchers, but the company marches on, its coffers now filled to the brim. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 With the guests in order, the mystery of the dress solved, and the screaming crowds of wedding-watchers quieted down (a little), Meghan began the long walk to the altar, over the iconic black-and-white tiles of St. George's Chapel. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Thousands of whale watchers seek out Migaloo each year, and in 2003, a boat struck and injured him, leaving scars on his back. Samantha Drake,, "Albino animals are at such risk that people built an island to protect one orangutan," 11 May 2018 More recently, though, Kohl’s has been on the upswing, posting improved performance and impressing some industry watchers with initiatives such as the downsizing of its stores and the Amazon deal. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldi supermarkets coming to Kohl's locations," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of watcher

: a person who watches someone or something regularly

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