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
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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The new shows aim to lure Arab binge-watchers and increase its market share from a quarter or so. The Economist, "Netflix tries to jinn up its prospects in the Arab world," 29 June 2019 The best summer shows tend to catch on with a few (well, a relative few) dedicated watchers and then spread rapidly from there through word of mouth. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The best summer TV is often overlooked, a little weird, and can be watched at your leisure," 14 June 2019 Their striking appearance and jaunty waddles spark endless fascination among wildlife watchers and zoogoers alike. National Geographic, "How penguins show their smarts," 25 Apr. 2019 As of publish time, Detrich's listing has 4,579 watchers and climbing. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 Million," 19 Apr. 2019 Iran-watchers and former U.S. officials say companies in other nations, including in Turkey, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, are ramping up networks to evade the sanctions. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran," 24 Jan. 2019 Industry watchers and Springfield residents wondered if the hotel signaled the beginnings of a Vegas-style casino corridor through the state. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 And the wait for the arrival of Baby Sussex this spring will have royal watchers and regular folks eager with anticipation. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Writes Her Speeches Herself, Because of Course She Does," 21 Nov. 2018 Their movements are closely tracked and photographed by researchers, whale watchers and fans. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Devastating photos show grieving orca pushing dead calf to water surface for two days," 27 July 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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