verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- a period of time, usually four hours, during which one part of a ship's crew is on duty, taking turns with another part.
- the officers and crew who attend to the working of a ship for an allotted period of time.
- to be cautious.
- to practice discretion or self-restraint.
Origin of watch
SYNONYMS FOR watch
Related formsun·watched, adjectiveun·watch·ing, adjectivewell-watched, adjective
Examples from the Web for watching
Watching him now being accused of illegal operations will not see them shedding any tears.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is impossible to calculate the full effect that watching this on television, listening on the radio must have had on Sam.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the moment, we might as well be watching two different TV shows yolked together.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother had a musical theater background, so Malone grew up backstage, watching productions come to fruition.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I was watching ‘Daniel The Tiger’ with my kid and I heard two shots like ‘boom-boom,’” he said.
He drew back a little, first checking to see if the guard was watching, then he bent down and looked into the jar.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
If our dear captain had been there, would he not have been watching for the daylight as we had been?Yr Ynys Unyg|Julia de Winton
Mrs. Kaye had been watching and waiting for General Lingard since ten o'clock.Jane Oglander|Marie Belloc Lowndes
This is no laughing matter, dear, whispered Ruth, watching the curly-haired boy closely.Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie|Alice B. Emerson
Harvey was watching her, and paid little attention to the news.The Whirlpool|George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for watching
- a small portable timepiece, usually worn strapped to the wrist (a wristwatch) or in a waistcoat pocket
- (as modifier)a watch spring
- any of the usually four-hour periods beginning at midnight and again at noon during which part of a ship's crew are on duty
- those officers and crew on duty during a specified watch
Word Origin for watch
Idioms and Phrases with watching
In addition to the idioms beginning with watch
- watched pot never boils, a
- watch it
- watch like a hawk
- watch my dust
- watch one's step
- watch out
- watch over
- keep watch
- look (watch) out
- on the lookout (watch)