sur·​veil | \ sər-ˈvāl How to pronounce surveil (audio) \
surveilled; surveilling

Definition of surveil

transitive verb

: to subject to surveillance

Examples of surveil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most staff members present at Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II’s countryside estate, remain decorous at best toward Diana; the head page is outright dictatorial in his attempts to surveil her. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 The dossier came under scrutiny after some of the accusations contained in it were cited by FBI investigators in an application to secure a warrants to surveil a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 4 Nov. 2021 If being able to surveil every message on Anom was so effective, the FBI might say, why not simply do it more, and in more places? Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 11 June 2021 Russia has launched tracker satellites that shadow US government spacecraft and presumably surveil them. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 As Calnan and his team began to surveil the street corner, a few miles from Yankee Stadium, and identify suspects and tap phones, one name kept coming up: Sonny. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 All the while, companies and government organizations keep teaming up to surveil American communities with poor or nonexistent oversight. Justin Sherman, Wired, 20 July 2021 President Joe Biden responded by publicly avowing that his administration wouldn’t try to surveil journalists in the future. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 11 June 2021 The report found those governments used the spyware to surveil many individuals, including the family of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Billy Perrigo, Time, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of surveil

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surveil

back-formation from surveillance

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The first known use of surveil was in 1884

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13 Nov 2021

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“Surveil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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