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Definition of "watch" []

  • To look or observe attentively or carefully; be closely observant: watching for trail markers. (verb-intransitive)
  • To look and wait expectantly or in anticipation: watch for an opportunity. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act as a spectator; look on: stood by the road and watched. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stay awake at night while serving as a guard, sentinel, or watcher. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stay alert as a devotional or religious exercise; keep vigil. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "watch" in a sentence
  • "In a man-of-war, and in some merchantmen, this alternation of watches is kept up throughout the twenty-four hours; but our ship, like most merchantmen, had “all hands” from twelve o’clock till dark, except in bad weather, when we had “watch and watch."
  • "If a watch, it can be said, "Your friends are growing a little suspicious of you, and, after due deliberation, they have determined to a place _a watch_ upon you.""
  • "When a spy was sent from Ghadames to watch the Shânbah and their approaches round the country, on the eve of my departure from that place, people went up a ruined tower, situated on a high ground, and apparently built specially for the purpose, _to watch_ the return of the spy."