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watch  audio  (wch) KEY 

VERB:
watched, watch·ing, watch·es
VERB:
intr.
  1. To look or observe attentively or carefully; be closely observant: watching for trail markers.
  2. To look and wait expectantly or in anticipation: watch for an opportunity.
  3. To act as a spectator; look on: stood by the road and watched.
  4. To stay awake at night while serving as a guard, sentinel, or watcher.
  5. To stay alert as a devotional or religious exercise; keep vigil.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To look at steadily; observe carefully or continuously: watch a parade.
  2. To keep a watchful eye on; guard: watched the prisoner all day.
  3. To observe the course of mentally; keep up on or informed about: watch the price of gold.
  4. To tend (a flock, for example). See Synonyms at tend2.
NOUN:
  1. The act or process of keeping awake or mentally alert, especially for the purpose of guarding.
    1. The act of observing closely or the condition of being closely observed; surveillance.
    2. A period of close observation, often in order to discover something: a watch during the child's illness.
  2. A person or group of people serving, especially at night, to guard or protect.
  3. The post or period of duty of a guard, sentinel, or watcher.
  4. Any of the periods into which the night is divided; a part of the night.
  5. Nautical
    1. Any of the periods of time, usually four hours, into which the day aboard ship is divided and during which a part of the crew is assigned to duty.
    2. The members of a ship's crew on duty during a specific watch.
    3. A chronometer on a ship.
    1. A period of wakefulness, especially one observed as a religious vigil.
    2. A funeral wake.
  6. A small portable timepiece, especially one worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket.
  7. A flock of nightingales. See Synonyms at flock1.

PHRASAL VERBS:
watch out
To be careful or on the alert; take care.
watch over
To be in charge of; superintend.

IDIOMS:
watch it
To be careful: had to watch it when I stepped onto the ice.
watch (one's) step
  1. To act or proceed with care and caution.
  2. To behave as is demanded, required, or appropriate.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan, to watch, be awake; see weg- in Indo-European roots


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