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surveil

[ser-veyl]
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verb (used with object), sur·veilled, sur·veil·ling.
  1. to place under surveillance.
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Origin of surveil

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from surveillance
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surveil

verb (tr)
  1. to observe closely the activities of (a person or group)
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Word Origin

C20: back formation from surveillance
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Word Origin and History for surveil

v.

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

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