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Idioms about watch

    on the watch, vigilant; alert: The hunter was on the watch for game.
    watch oneself,
    1. to be cautious.
    2. to practice discretion or self-restraint.

Origin of watch

First recordedbefore 900; 1580–90 for def. 15; (verb) Middle English wacchen, Old English wæccan, doublet of wacian “to be awake”; (noun) Middle English wacche, Old English wæcce, derivative of wæccan; see wake1

synonym study for watch

1. Watch, look, see imply being aware of things around one by perceiving them through the eyes. To watch is to be a spectator, to look on or observe, or to fix the attention upon during passage of time: to watch while a procession passes. To look is to direct the gaze with the intention of seeing, to use the eyesight with attention: to look for violets in the spring; to look at articles displayed for sale. To see is to perceive with the eyes, to obtain a visual impression, with or without fixing the attention: animals able to see in the dark.

OTHER WORDS FROM watch

un·watched, adjectiveun·watch·ing, adjectivewell-watched, adjective
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How to use watch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for watch (1 of 2)

watch
/ (wɒtʃ) /

verb
noun
See also watch out

Word Origin for watch

Old English wæccan (vb), wæcce (n); related to wake 1

British Dictionary definitions for watch (2 of 2)

-watch

suffix
indicating a regular television programme or newspaper feature on the topic specifiedCrimewatch
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Other Idioms and Phrases with watch

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