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watchful

[woch-fuh l] /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
vigilant or alert; closely observant:
The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
2.
Archaic. wakeful.
Origin of watchful
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; watch + -ful
Related forms
watchfully, adverb
watchfulness, noun
self-watchfulness, noun
unwatchful, adjective
unwatchfully, adverb
unwatchfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. attentive, heedful, careful, circumspect, cautious, wary.
Synonym Study
1. See alert.
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watchful

/ˈwɒtʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
vigilant or alert
2.
(archaic) not sleeping
Derived Forms
watchfully, adverb
watchfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for watchful
adj.

c.1500, waccheful, from watch (v.) + -ful. Related: Watchfulness.

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