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[ woch-er ]


  1. a person who watches or who keeps watch.
  2. an analytic observer of trends, fashions, events, celebrities, or the like:

    Fashion watchers will have noted that pleats have become popular again.

  3. a professional or experienced observer and analyst of political and historic trends and events, countries, or the like:

    China watchers in the State Department predict a change in that country's trade policy.


/ ˈwɒtʃə /


  1. a person who watches
  2. a person who maintains a vigil at the bedside of an invalid
  3. a representative of a candidate or party stationed at a poll on election day to watch out for fraud

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  • under·watcher noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of watcher1

First recorded in 1500–10; watch + -er 1

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Example Sentences

Public health watchers expect it to take months of planning to be able to deploy vaccines at scale across the vast country.

From Quartz

That event kicked off a new active phase for the geyser, one of Yellowstone’s most famous features — and made some park watchers wonder if the sudden eruption warned of greater dangers yet to come.

A snowballing effect with which streaming services sprang up made watchers tight-fisted and less opposed to ads.

Legal watchers say this is because, as attorneys, they can be sanctioned for making baseless claims before a judge.

From Fortune

Facebook said it plans to help Kustomer scale but also signaled to the antitrust watchers that it will “continue to support the numerous options that businesses have to integrate their CRM platform of choice with our messaging services.”

Being a novice Syrian War watcher, I assumed the regime had returned in force.

He is a bird watcher, a dog lover, and a man whose heart is too large for his country and his own good.

To many a Mideast watcher, then, the supposed policy shift could be dismissed as Bandar rantings.

Crisis Watcher Dear CW: Repeat after me: I cannot time the market.

An alternative hypothesis was suggested to me years ago by a veteran China-watcher.

I saw in the vision of my head upon my bed, and behold a watcher, and a holy one came down from heaven.

He and Queeker stood in the passage and saw the bed, the invalid, and the watcher through an inner door which stood ajar.

The noise was probably occasioned by some change of posture in the watcher inside, for it was once more dead-still.

You must be off quickly to the place, Jean, and hire a flat there, where a watcher can mark down all her doings.

The watcher grinned knowingly and, rather than enter into explanations, she hastily thrust a bill into his hand and dismissed him.


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