- to place under surveillance.
Origin of surveil
First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from surveillance
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Examples from the Web for surveil
Then it dawned on him—he could surveil himself for the authorities.Art in the Age of National Security
Terry Greene Sterling
September 26, 2014
So, the ability to surveil everyone on the planet is almost there, and arguably will be there within a few years.Julian Assange Blasts NSA Spying, Says ‘Obama Administration Isn’t Serious’at SXSW
March 8, 2014
- to observe closely the activities of (a person or group)
C20: back formation from surveillance
Word Origin and History for surveil
1904, back-formation from surveillance. Sometimes also surveille. Related: Surveilled; surveilling.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper