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Watcha body of watchmen or guards, 1532; a flock of birds, 1847.
see look at watch
When you see something, you are aware of it through your eyes, or you notice it.
When you look at something, you direct your eyes towards it.
When you watch something, you pay attention to it using your eyes, because you are interested in what it is doing, or in what may happen.
Both see and watch are used when you are talking about entertainment or sport.
When you go to the theatre or cinema, you say that you see a play or film.
Don't say that someone 'looks at' a play or film. Don't say, for example 'I looked at that movie'.
You say that someone watches television. You can say that someone watches or sees a particular programme.
Similarly, you say that someone watches a sport such as football, but you can say that they watch or see a particular match.
Past participle: watched
|Noun||1.||watch - a small portable timepiece |
analog watch - a watch that represents time by the position of hands on a dial
digital watch - a watch with a digital display
face - the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object); "he dealt the cards face down"
movement - the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
pendulum watch - (18th century) a watch with a balance wheel having a fake pendulum attached to it
pocket watch - a watch that is carried in a small watch pocket
stem-winder - a watch that is wound by turning a knob at the stem
watch case - the metal case in which the works of a watch are housed
|2.||watch - a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty|
dogwatch - either of two short watches: from 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm
|3.||watch - a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe|
surveillance - close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)
continuous receiver watch, listening watch - a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
spying - keeping a secret or furtive watch
|4.||watch - the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty|
|5.||watch - a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event|
|6.||watch - the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)|
viewing, wake - a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial; "there's no weeping at an Irish wake"
agrypnia - a vigil before certain feasts (as e.g. Easter)
|Verb||1.||watch - look attentively; "watch a basketball game"|
witness - be a witness to; "She witnessed the accident and had to testify in court"
rubberneck - strain to watch; stare curiously; "The cars slowed down and the drivers rubbernecked after the accident"
view, watch, take in, see, catch - see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
observe - watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
|2.||watch - follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"|
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
trace, follow - follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
keep tabs on - keep a record on or watch attentively; "The government keeps tabs on the dissidents"
guard - to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
|3.||watch - see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"|
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
watch - look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
visualise, visualize - view the outline of by means of an X-ray; "The radiologist can visualize the cancerous liver"
spectate - be a spectator in a sports event
preview - watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
|4.||watch - observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"|
|5.||watch - be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful; "Watch out for pickpockets!"|
beware, mind - be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to; "Beware of telephone salesmen"
keep one's eyes open, keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned - pay attention; be watchful; "Keep your eyes peeled for any policemen"
look after - keep under careful scrutiny; "Keep an eye on this prisoner!"
|6.||watch - observe or determine by looking; "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"|
|7.||watch - find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"|
insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, check, assure, control, see - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
ascertain, determine, find out, find - establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
test - determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
watch1 [wɒtʃ] N (= wristwatch) → reloj(de pulsera) m; (= pocket watch) → reloj de bolsillo, leontina f (frm)
what does your watch say? → ¿qué hora tienes?
to keep watch → hacer guardia, vigilar
to keep watch for sth/sb → estar al acecho de algo/algn
to keep a (close) watch on sth/sb (lit) → vigilar algo/a algn(de cerca)
our task was to keep a watch on the suspect → nuestra tarea consistía en vigilar al sospechoso or mantener al sospechoso bajo vigilancia
US officials have been keeping a close watch on the situation → los representantes del gobierno estadounidense han estado siguiendo la situación de cerca
I keep a close watch on my expenditure → controlo mucho los gastos
to be on the watch for danger → estar atento or alerta por si hay peligro
can you keep a watch out for Daphne? → ¿puedes estar al tanto para ver cuándo viene Daphne?
to keep watch over sth/sb (= keep a check on) → vigilar algo/a algn; (= look after) → cuidar algo/a algn
you take the first watch → monta or haz tú la primera guardia
the long watches of the night (liter) → las largas vigilias
officer of the watch → oficial mf de guardia
to be on watch → estar de guardia, hacer guardia
see also night B
some children watch too much television → algunos niños ven demasiada televisión
Sue was watching me curiously → Sue me miraba/observaba con curiosidad
now watch this closely → ahora observen esto detenidamente
watch what I do → mira/observa lo que hago
watch how I do it → mira/observa cómo lo hago
to watch sth/sb do sth: we watched the car turn the corner and disappear from view → vimos cómo el coche torcía la esquina y desaparecía de nuestra vista → vimos al coche torcer la esquina y desaparecer de nuestra vista
she watched me clean the gun → miraba/observaba cómo limpiaba yo la pistola
just watch him run! → ¡mira cómo corre!
"you can't do that" - "just you watch (me)!" → -no puedes hacer eso -¿que no? ¡ya verás(como puedo)!
to watch sth/sb doing sth: I watched the gulls hovering overhead → miraba/observaba las gaviotas cerniéndose en lo alto
to watch the clock → estar pendiente del reloj
to watch sb like a hawk → no quitar el ojo or la vista de encima a algn
it's about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow → es para morirse de aburrimiento
a watched pot or kettle never boils → quien espera desespera
watch that knife/your head/your language! → ¡(ten)cuidado con ese cuchillo/la cabeza/esas palabrotas!
watch your speed → ten cuidado con la velocidad, atención a la velocidad
watch you don't burn yourself → ten cuidado de no quemarte
watch he does his homework → mira de que haga los deberes
watch how you go! → ¡ve con cuidado!
watch what you're doing! → ¡cuidado con lo que haces!
he wasn't watching where he was going → no miraba por donde iba
watch it! (= careful!) → ¡ojo!, ¡cuidado!, ¡abusado!(Mex) ; (threatening) → ¡cuidadito!
to watch one's step (lit, fig) → ir con cuidado
I have to watch what I eat → tengo que tener cuidado con lo que como
we shall have to watch our spending → tendremos que vigilar or tener cuidado con los gastos
we are being watched → nos están vigilando
Big Brother is watching you → el Gran Hermano te vigila
he needs watching → hay que vigilarlo
a new actor to be watched → un nuevo actor muy prometedor
watch this space (lit) → estén pendientes, les mantendremos informados
"so is the row over?" - "watch this space" → -¿se ha terminado la pelea? -eso habrá que verlo
somebody was watching at the window → alguien estaba mirando/observando desde la ventana
he could only sit and watch as his team lost 2-0 → no pudo hacer más que sentarse y ver como su equipo perdía 2 a 0
he's watching to see what you're going to do → está pendiente de lo que vas a hacer
watch night service N → misa f de fin de año
you'll get fat if you don't watch out → te pondrás gordo como no tengas cuidado
watch out! (= be careful) → ¡(ten)cuidado!, ¡abusado!(Mex) ; (threatening) → ¡cuidadito!
watch out for thieves → cuidado con los ladrones
to watch out for trouble → estar alerta or al acecho por si hay problemas
God is watching over me → Dios vela por mí
to watch over sb's interests → velar or mirar por los intereses de algn
to keep watch → faire le guet
to keep a close watch on sb/sth → surveiller qn/qch de près
to be under watch → être sous surveillance
to be on the watch for sth (= on the lookout) → guetter qch
Watch me! → Regarde-moi!
to watch sb doing sth → regarder qn faire qch
The police were watching the house → La police surveillait la maison.
He thought he was being watched → Il croyait être surveillé.
watch what you're doing → fais attention à ce que tu fais
watch how you do sth → faites attention à la manière dont vous faites qch
watch it! → attention!
watch1 [wɒtʃ] n (also wrist watch) → orologio (da polso)
it's 10 o'clock by my watch → il mio orologio fa le 10
to be on the watch for (danger, person) → stare in guardia contro (vehicle) → stare all'erta per l'arrivo di (bargain) → essere a caccia di
to keep watch over (prisoner) → sorvegliare (patient) → vigilare
to keep a close watch on sb/sth → sorvegliare da vicino qn/qc
to keep watch for sb/sth → stare all'erta per qn/qc
to watch sb do(ing) sth → osservare qn mentre fa qc
you can't do that! - just you watch (me)! → non puoi farlo! - e come no, sta' a vedere!
to watch one's chance → aspettare il momento propizio
to watch the time → controllare l'ora
a new actor to be watched → un nuovo attore molto promettente or da seguire
to watch one's language → moderare i termini, badare a come si parla
watch it! → attento!
watch how you drive/what you're doing → fai attenzione a come guidi/quel che fai
watch your head → attento alla testa
we shall have to watch our spending → dovremo limitare le spese
to watch the clock (fig) → tenere d'occhio l'orologio
to watch sb's interests → badare agli interessi di qn
to watch for sb/sth → aspettare qn/qc
the doctors are watching for any deterioration in his condition → i medici lo tengono sotto osservazione nell'eventualità che le sue condizioni peggiorino
to watch out for (keep watch) → fare attenzione a (be on the alert) → stare attento/a a
watch out! (also threatening) → attento!, occhio!
watch→ سَاعَة, يُرَاقِبُ hodinky, pozorovat se, ur Armbanduhr, beobachten παρακολουθώ, ρολόι χειρός mirar, reloj katsella, rannekello montre, regarder gledati, ručni sat guardare, orologio じっと見る, 腕時計 시계, (...을) 지켜보다 bekijken, horloge iaktta, klokke obejrzeć, zegarek relógio, ver наручные часы, смотреть betrakta, klocka เฝ้าดู, นาฬิกาข้อมือ gözetlemek, kol saati đồng hồ đeo tay, theo dõi 手表, 观看
- Could you watch my bag for a minute, please?
- Can you repair my watch?
- My watch has stopped
- I need a new watchband (US)
I need a new strap for my watch (UK)
- I need someone to watch the children tonight (US)
I need someone to look after the children tonight (UK)
- I think my watch is slow
- I think my watch is fast