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watch

 
 
pronunciation:
wach
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
watch it, watch out, watch oneself
grammatical pattern:
verb + that, verb + obj. + bare inf., verb + obj. + pres. Part.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: watches, watching, watched
definition 1: to use one's eyes to observe with uninterrupted attention.
He watched as everyone else danced.
synonyms:
regard
similar words:
contemplate, gaze, look, see, stare
definition 2: to look or wait in alert expectation (usu. fol. by for).
Could you watch for the taxi while I get my bag?Watch for our spring sales!
synonyms:
wait
similar words:
look
definition 3: to keep a vigil, esp. through the night.
She watched carefully over her patient.
similar words:
guard, protect, sit
definition 4: to be careful or alert.
Watch that you don't cut yourself with that knife![verb + that ]
similar words:
mind
phrase: watch it
phrase: watch out
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to use one's eyes to observe (something) with uninterrupted attention.
The couple were kissing and not watching the movie at all.She watched the dog run after the ball one last time.[verb + obj. + bare inf. ] He watched the children playing by the pond while he sat on a park bench eating his lunch.[verb + obj. + pres. Part. ]
synonyms:
look, look at, regard, stare
antonyms:
ignore
similar words:
contemplate, drink in, examine, observe, perceive, scrutinize, see, view, witness
definition 2: to guard or tend attentively.
The children's grandmother is watching them this afternoon.
synonyms:
guard, tend
antonyms:
neglect
similar words:
look after, mind, protect, supervise, take care of
definition 3: to stay informed about or aware of.
European leaders are watching the events taking place in Greece.[verb + obj. + pres. Part. ]
synonyms:
attend, follow, keep track of
similar words:
pore over
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phrase: watch oneself
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or a period of staying expectantly awake or alert.
A young midshipman took the first watch that night.
synonyms:
inspection, observation
similar words:
night watch, observance, regard, scrutiny
definition 2: close or constant observation; vigil; guard.
She kept a close watch on their prisoner.
synonyms:
lookout, vigil
similar words:
eye, guard, observation, oversight, surveillance, wake
definition 3: a small, portable clock often worn on the wrist.
He saw she had a watch on her wrist and asked her the time.
 
synonyms:
wrist watch
similar words:
chronograph, chronometer, clock, stopwatch, timepiece
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