to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed.
to look or wait attentively and expectantly (usually followed by for): to watch for a signal; to watch for an opportunity.
to be careful or cautious: Watch when you cross the street.
to keep awake, especially for a purpose; remain vigilant, as for protection or safekeeping: to watch with a sick person.
to keep vigil, as for devotional purposes.
to keep guard: She was assigned to watch at the door.
to keep under attentive view or observation, as in order to see or learn something; view attentively or with interest: to watch a play; to watch a football game.
to contemplate or regard mentally: to watch his progress.
to look or wait attentively and expectantly for: to watch one's opportunity.
to guard, tend, or oversee, especially for protection or safekeeping: to watch the baby.
close, continuous observation for the purpose of seeing or discovering something: Their watch for the birds was unrewarding.
vigilant guard, as for protection or restraint: to keep watch for prowlers.
a keeping awake for some special purpose: a watch beside a sickbed.
a period of time for watching or keeping guard: to stand the first watch.
a small, portable timepiece, as a wrist watch or pocket watch.
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.
one of the periods, usually three or four, into which the night was divided in ancient times, as by the Greeks or Hebrews: the fourth watch of the night.
a person or group that watches, as a lookout, guard, or sentinel: A watch was posted at sunset.
Also called storm watch. Meteorology. an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service alerting the public that dangerous weather conditions are a possibility and that vigilance and precautionary preparations are advised: hurricane watch;tornado watch.: Compare advisory (def. 5), warning (def. 3).
a flock of nightingales.
watch out, to be on one's guard; be cautious: Watch out for cars when you cross the road.
watch over, to guard for protection or safekeeping: She watched over us like a mother hen over her brood.
Idioms about watch
- un·watched, adjective
- un·watch·ing, adjective
- well-watched, adjective
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How to use watch in a sentence
I should note that the watch is designed to be used outdoors for an actual open water swim, and a bucket test is certainly not the official way that it’s intended to be employed.This new workout watch can tell when you switch activities | Rob Verger | November 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
“YouTube rewards if you optimize for watch time, and connected TVs are getting the most watch time,” Delvaux said.YouTube creators are seeing connected TV’s viewership share increase | Tim Peterson | November 6, 2020 | Digiday
This year, Daniel expects 150 cars and 300 fans at the watch party.The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has met a sobering reality: A pandemic | Emily Giambalvo | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Still, the Series 6 has among the sharpest and brightest screens of any smartwatch, a vast array of watch bands to choose from, and the most robust app ecosystem by far.
I attempted to connect the accessory through my work iPhone only to discover that the watch cannot be set up using a business account.
It's cheesy and ludicrous and, therefore, delightful; it's the reading equivalent of hate-watching.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
We just saw an edit of one called, “Doug Becomes A Feminist,” and I just really enjoyed watching it.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
But those watching Selma were judging a work of cinematic art.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to the Arlington Police Department, cop-watching has been going on in that city for about a year.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic | Brandy Zadrozny | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
A look of passion came into the face of the watching boy, and again he fingered his revolver.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Tom lingered a few minutes, watching them pass along the verandah to the room beyond.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Quickly he gained a sofa by the window and dropped down upon it, watching, listening.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for watch (1 of 2)
to look at or observe closely or attentively
(intr foll by for) to wait attentively or expectantly
to guard or tend (something) closely or carefully
(intr) to keep vigil
(tr) to maintain an interest in: to watch the progress of a child at school
watch it! be careful! look out!
a small portable timepiece, usually worn strapped to the wrist (a wristwatch) or in a waistcoat pocket
(as modifier): a watch spring
the act or an instance of watching
a period of vigil, esp during the night
(formerly) one of a set of periods of any of various lengths into which the night was divided
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
the period during which a guard is on duty
(formerly) a watchman or band of watchmen
on the watch on the lookout; alert
- See also watch out
British Dictionary definitions for -watch (2 of 2)
indicating a regular television programme or newspaper feature on the topic specified: Crimewatch
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Other Idioms and Phrases with watch
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)
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