surveil

[ ser-veyl ]
/ sərˈveɪl /
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verb (used with object), sur·veilled, sur·veil·ling.

to place under surveillance.

Nearby words

  1. surtitles,
  2. surtout,
  3. surtsey,
  4. suruga bay,
  5. surv.,
  6. surveillance,
  7. surveillance society,
  8. surveillant,
  9. survey,
  10. survey course

Origin of surveil

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from surveillance

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British Dictionary definitions for surveil

surveil

/ (sɜːˈveɪl) /

verb (tr)

to observe closely the activities of (a person or group)

Word Origin for surveil

C20: back formation from surveillance

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Word Origin and History for surveil

surveil

v.

1904, back-formation from surveillance. Sometimes also surveille. Related: Surveilled; surveilling.

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