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 State law does not place a deadline on applying to become a poll watcher, and watchers are appointed based on the needs of the party or candidate. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "This is what poll watchers can and can't do in Indiana," 13 Oct. 2020 Election lawyers say there is no right under Pennsylvania law, even for a certified poll watcher, to observe inside an election office where someone is registering to vote, applying for a mail-in ballot or filling one out. Fox News, "Trump campaign prepared to sue Philadelphia over claims poll watchers were banned," 30 Sep. 2020 The Ellicott City resident became a bird watcher through painting. Katie V. Jones,, "Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City presenting first show since coronavirus pandemic hit," 10 Sep. 2020 The court also upheld the state's poll-watcher law, which Trump's campaign had sought to invalidate in federal court. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Pennsylvania Democrats notch key election-related court wins," 17 Sep. 2020 On Friday, the Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest shared on Facebook a photo taken by a bird watcher. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Birds are dropping dead across New Mexico and wildlife experts are trying to figure out why," 15 Sep. 2020 Derrick Dorsey said his father was a voracious watcher of television news, especially politics. Edward Lee,, "William Dorsey Sr., a decorated Navy veteran who worked at Crofton Country Club for 54 years, dies," 26 Aug. 2020 The group also discussed Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police on a Black bird-watcher in May. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Oprah Winfrey discusses racism, Sandra Bland with Ibram X. Kendi: 'That could have been me'," 7 Aug. 2020 These kinds of concerns were amplified recently by a now-famous video, showing an encounter between a white woman walking her dog in New York's Central Park and a Black bird-watcher. Val Cunningham Contributing Writer, Star Tribune, "St. Paul group among those working to broaden the face of bird-watching," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Watcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watcher

: a person who watches someone or something regularly

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