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watchful

Synonyms and Antonyms of watchful

paying close attention usually for the purpose of anticipating approaching danger or opportunity

  • the toddler played under the watchful eye of her parents
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Phrases Synonymous with watchful

on guard, on one's toes, on the alert, on the ball, on the qui vive, on tiptoe

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Synonym Discussion of watchful

watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term.
    • the watchful eye of the department supervisor
vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness.
    • eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy
wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers.
    • wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology
alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity.
    • alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

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