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watch  (wch)
v. watched, watch·ing, watch·es
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.
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.
1. The act or process of keeping awake or mentally alert, especially for the purpose of guarding.
a. The act of observing closely or the condition of being closely observed; surveillance.
b. A period of close observation, often in order to discover something: a watch during the child's illness.
3. A person or group of people serving, especially at night, to guard or protect.
4. The post or period of duty of a guard, sentinel, or watcher.
5. Any of the periods into which the night is divided; a part of the night.
6. Nautical
a. 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.
b. The members of a ship's crew on duty during a specific watch.
c. A chronometer on a ship.
a. A period of wakefulness, especially one observed as a religious vigil.
b. A funeral wake.
8. A small portable timepiece, especially one worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket.
9. 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.
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.

[Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan, to watch, be awake; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

watch (wɒtʃ)
1. to look at or observe closely or attentively
2. (foll by: for) to wait attentively or expectantly
3. to guard or tend (something) closely or carefully
4. (intr) to keep vigil
5. (tr) to maintain an interest in: to watch the progress of a child at school.
6. watch it! be careful! look out!
7. (Horology)
a. a small portable timepiece, usually worn strapped to the wrist (a wristwatch) or in a waistcoat pocket
b. (as modifier): a watch spring.
8. the act or an instance of watching
9. a period of vigil, esp during the night
10. (formerly) one of a set of periods of any of various lengths into which the night was divided
11. (Nautical Terms) nautical
a. 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
b. those officers and crew on duty during a specified watch
12. (Military) the period during which a guard is on duty
13. (formerly) a watchman or band of watchmen
14. on the watch on the lookout; alert
[Old English wæccan (vb), wæcce (n); related to wake1]

watch (wɒtʃ)

1. to look attentively, as to see what is done or happens; observe.
2. to wait attentively and expectantly (usu. fol. by for): to watch for a signal.
3. to be careful or cautious: Watch when you cross the street.
4. to keep awake, esp. for a purpose; remain vigilant.
5. to keep vigil, as for devotional purposes.
6. to keep guard: to watch at the door.
7. to view attentively or with interest: to watch a football game.
8. to contemplate or regard mentally: to watch a student's progress.
9. to wait attentively and expectantly for: to watch one's opportunity.
10. to guard or tend: to watch the baby.
11. watch out, to be cautious.
12. watch over, to safeguard; protect.
13. close, continuous observation for the purpose of seeing or discovering something.
14. vigilant guard, as for protection or restraint: to keep watch for prowlers.
15. a keeping awake for some special purpose: a watch beside a sickbed.
16. a small, portable timepiece, as a wristwatch or pocket watch.
17. a chronometer.
a. a period of time, usu. four hours, during which one part of a ship's crew is on duty, taking turns with another part.
b. the officers and crew who attend to the working of a ship for an allotted period of time.
19. one of the periods, usu. three or four, into which the night was divided in ancient times, as by the Greeks or Hebrews: the fourth watch of the night.
20. a lookout, guard, or sentinel: A watch was posted at sunset.
1. on the watch, vigilant; alert: a hunter on the watch for game.
2. watch oneself, to practice caution, discretion, or self-restraint.
[before 900; Middle English wacchen, Old English wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1)]

Watch a body of watchmen or guards, 1532; a flock of birds, 1847.
Example: watch of nightingales, 1452.

seelook atwatch
1. 'see'

When you see something, you are aware of it through your eyes, or you notice it.

We saw black smoke coming from the building.
I waved, but nobody saw me.
See see

2. 'look at'

When you look at something, you direct your eyes towards it.

He looked at the food on his plate.
People looked at her in astonishment.
See look

3. 'watch'

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.

We watched the sunset.
They just stood and watched while she carried all the bags inside.

4. entertainment and sport

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.

I saw that movie when I was a child.
We saw him in 'Hamlet'.

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.

He spends hours watching television.
He watched a rugby match on television.
I saw his speech on the news.

Similarly, you say that someone watches a sport such as football, but you can say that they watch or see a particular match.

More people are watching cricket than ever before.
Did you watch the game last night?
Millions of people saw the World Cup Final.

Past participle: watched
Gerund: watching

I watch
you watch
he/she/it watches
we watch
you watch
they watch
I watched
you watched
he/she/it watched
we watched
you watched
they watched
Present Continuous
I am watching
you are watching
he/she/it is watching
we are watching
you are watching
they are watching
Present Perfect
I have watched
you have watched
he/she/it has watched
we have watched
you have watched
they have watched
Past Continuous
I was watching
you were watching
he/she/it was watching
we were watching
you were watching
they were watching
Past Perfect
I had watched
you had watched
he/she/it had watched
we had watched
you had watched
they had watched
I will watch
you will watch
he/she/it will watch
we will watch
you will watch
they will watch
Future Perfect
I will have watched
you will have watched
he/she/it will have watched
we will have watched
you will have watched
they will have watched
Future Continuous
I will be watching
you will be watching
he/she/it will be watching
we will be watching
you will be watching
they will be watching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been watching
you have been watching
he/she/it has been watching
we have been watching
you have been watching
they have been watching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been watching
you will have been watching
he/she/it will have been watching
we will have been watching
you will have been watching
they will have been watching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been watching
you had been watching
he/she/it had been watching
we had been watching
you had been watching
they had been watching
I would watch
you would watch
he/she/it would watch
we would watch
you would watch
they would watch
Past Conditional
I would have watched
you would have watched
he/she/it would have watched
we would have watched
you would have watched
they would have watched
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms - a small portable timepiecewatch - a small portable timepiece          
analog watch - a watch that represents time by the position of hands on a dial
watch crystal, watch glass, crystal - a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
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"
hunting watch, hunter - a watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal
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
horologe, timepiece, timekeeper - a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
watch case - the metal case in which the works of a watch are housed
wrist watch, wristwatch - a watch that is worn strapped to the wrist - a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
duty period, work shift, shift - the time period during which you are at work
dogwatch - either of two short watches: from 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm
graveyard watch, middle watch, midwatch, night watch - a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.) - a purposeful surveillance to guard or observewatch - 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 - the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period" - a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated eventwatch - a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
security guard, watchman, watcher - a guard who keeps watch - the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)watch - the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
religious rite, rite - an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; "the rite of baptism"
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)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality" - 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" - 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"
invigilate, proctor - watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating) - see or watchwatch - 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 - observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"
sit by, sit back - be inactive or indifferent while something is happening; "Don't just sit by while your rights are violated!" - 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!" - observe or determine by looking; "Watch how the dog chases the cats away" - 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)

1. look at, observe, regard, eye, see, mark, view, note, check, clock (Brit. slang), stare at, contemplate, check out (informal), look on, gaze at, pay attention to, eyeball (slang), peer at, leer at, get a load of (informal), feast your eyes on, take a butcher's at (Brit. informal), take a dekko at (Brit. slang) The man was standing in the doorway watching him.
2. spy on, follow, track, monitor, keep an eye on, stake out, keep tabs on (informal), keep watch on, keep under observation, keep under surveillance I had the feeling we were being watched.
3. guard, keep, mind, protect, tend, look after, shelter, take care of, safeguard, superintend Parents can't be expected to watch their children 24 hours a day.
4. be careful about, mind, consider, be aware of, take into account, bear in mind, attend to, pay attention to, keep in mind, pay heed to, exercise caution over Watch your diet and try to avoid too much salt.
1. wristwatch, timepiece, pocket watch, clock, chronometer, chronograph He looked at his watch and checked the time.
2. guard, eye, attention, supervision, surveillance, notice, observation, inspection, vigil, lookout, vigilance Keep a close watch on him while I'm gone.
watch out for something or someone keep a sharp lookout for, look out for, be alert for, be on the alert for, keep your eyes open for, be on your guard for, be on (the) watch for, be vigilant for, keep a weather eye open for, be watchful for, keep your eyes peeled or skinned for (informal) We had to watch out for unexploded mines.
watch out or watch it or watch yourself be careful, look out, be wary, be alert, be on the lookout, be vigilant, take heed, have a care, be on the alert, watch yourself, keep your eyes open, be watchful, be on your guard, mind out, be on (the) watch, keep a sharp lookout, keep a weather eye open, keep your eyes peeled or skinned (informal), pay attention Watch out if you're walking home after dark.
watch over something or someone
1. look after, protect, guard, defend, preserve, shelter, shield, keep safe, stand guard over Guards were hired to watch over the houses as they were being built.
superintend, oversee, preside over, keep an eye on, direct a monitoring centre to watch over arms control
"A watched kettle never boils"
watch1 [wɒtʃ] N (= wristwatch) → reloj(de pulsera) m; (= pocket watch) → reloj de bolsillo, leontina f (frm)
what does your watch say?¿qué hora tienes?
watch2 [wɒtʃ]
A. N
1. (= vigilance) → vigilancia f
to keep watchhacer guardia, vigilar
to keep watch for sth/sbestar 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 suspectnuestra tarea consistía en vigilar al sospechoso or mantener al sospechoso bajo vigilancia
US officials have been keeping a close watch on the situationlos representantes del gobierno estadounidense han estado siguiendo la situación de cerca
I keep a close watch on my expenditurecontrolo mucho los gastos
to be on the watch for dangerestar 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
2. (= period of duty) → guardia f
you take the first watchmonta or haz tú la primera guardia
the long watches of the night (liter) → las largas vigilias
officer of the watchoficial mf de guardia
to be on watchestar de guardia, hacer guardia
see also night B
3. (= guard)
3.1. (Mil) (= individual) → centinela mf, guardia mf; (= pair, group) → guardia f
3.2. (Naut) (= individual) → vigía mf; (= pair, group) → guardia f, vigía f
3.3. (o.f.) (= watchman) the night watch (in streets, flats) → el sereno; (in factory) → el vigilante nocturno
1. (= view, spectate at) [+ television, programme, game, play] → ver
some children watch too much televisionalgunos niños ven demasiada televisión
2. (= observe, look at) (gen) → mirar; (more attentively) → observar
Sue was watching me curiouslySue me miraba/observaba con curiosidad
now watch this closelyahora observen esto detenidamente
watch what I domira/observa lo que hago
watch how I do itmira/observa cómo lo hago
to watch sth/sb do sth: we watched the car turn the corner and disappear from viewvimos cómo el coche torcía la esquina y desaparecía de nuestra vistavimos al coche torcer la esquina y desaparecer de nuestra vista
she watched me clean the gunmiraba/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 overheadmiraba/observaba las gaviotas cerniéndose en lo alto
to watch the clockestar pendiente del reloj
to watch sb like a hawkno quitar el ojo or la vista de encima a algn
it's about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass growes para morirse de aburrimiento
a watched pot or kettle never boilsquien espera desespera
3. (= mind) [+ children, luggage, shop] → cuidar; [+ soup, frying pan] → echar un ojo a
watch that knife/your head/your language!¡(ten)cuidado con ese cuchillo/la cabeza/esas palabrotas!
watch your speedten cuidado con la velocidad, atención a la velocidad
watch you don't burn yourselften cuidado de no quemarte
watch he does his homeworkmira 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 goingno miraba por donde iba
watch it! (= careful!) → ¡ojo!, ¡cuidado!, ¡abusado!(Mex) ; (threatening) → ¡cuidadito!
to watch one's step (lit, fig) → ir con cuidado
4. (= be mindful of) [+ weight, health] → cuidar; [+ time] → estar pendiente de
I have to watch what I eattengo que tener cuidado con lo que como
we shall have to watch our spendingtendremos que vigilar or tener cuidado con los gastos
5. (= monitor) [+ situation, developments] → seguir; [+ case] → seguir, vigilar; [+ suspect, house, sb's movements] → vigilar
we are being watchednos están vigilando
Big Brother is watching youel Gran Hermano te vigila
he needs watchinghay que vigilarlo
a new actor to be watchedun 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
1. (= observe) → mirar; (attentively) → observar
somebody was watching at the windowalguien estaba mirando/observando desde la ventana
he could only sit and watch as his team lost 2-0no pudo hacer más que sentarse y ver como su equipo perdía 2 a 0
2. (= wait, be alert) I was watching for the plumberestaba atento esperando a que llegara el fontanero
he's watching to see what you're going to doestá pendiente de lo que vas a hacer
3. (= keep watch) to watch by sb's bedsidevelar a algn
D. CPD Watch Night N (in Protestant church) → Nochevieja f
watch night service Nmisa f de fin de año
watch out VI + ADVtener cuidado, ir con cuidado
you'll get fat if you don't watch outte pondrás gordo como no tengas cuidado
watch out! (= be careful) → ¡(ten)cuidado!, ¡abusado!(Mex) ; (threatening) → ¡cuidadito!
watch out for thievescuidado con los ladrones
to watch out for troubleestar alerta or al acecho por si hay problemas
watch over VI + PREP
1. (= look after) [+ person] → velar por; [+ sb's rights, safety] → velar por, mirar por
God is watching over meDios vela por mí
to watch over sb's interestsvelar or mirar por los intereses de algn
2. (= monitor) → supervisar
3. (= guard) → vigilar

watch [ˈwɒtʃ]
(for telling time)montre f
My watch has stopped → Ma montre s'est arrêtée.
(= act of watching) → guet m
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
(= guard) → sentinelle f; (in navy)homme m de quart
(= guard duty) → garde f
the night watch → la garde de nuit
to be on watch → monter la garde
(= look at) [+ thing, person] → regarder
Watch me! → Regarde-moi!
to watch sb doing sth → regarder qn faire qch
(= view) [+ match, programme] → regarder
to watch television → regarder la télévision
(= spy on, guard) → surveiller
The police were watching the house → La police surveillait la maison.
He thought he was being watched → Il croyait être surveillé.
(= be careful of) → faire attention à
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!
(= monitor) [+ situation, developments] → observer
(= observe) → regarder
(= keep guard) → monter la garde
you watch, just watch → tu vas voir, vous allez voir
watch for
vt fus (= watch out for) → faire attention à
watch out
vifaire attention
watch out! → attention!

n (US) → Uhrarmband nt
nUhrengehäuse nt
watch chain
nUhrkette f
Watch Committee
n (Brit) → Aufsichtskommission f
n (lit)Wachhund m; (fig)Aufpasser m (inf), → Überwachungsbeauftragte(r) m; government watchRegierungsbeauftragter mmit Überwachungsaufgaben; watch bodyÜberwachungsgremium nt

nUhrmacher(in) m(f)
n (in bank, factory etc) → Wächter(in) m(f); (also night watchman)Nachtwächter(in) m(f)
watch-night service
nJahresschlussmette f
nUhrarmband nt
nWachtturm m
n (= password, motto)Parole f, → Losung f

n(Armband)uhr f

(= vigilance)Wache f; to be on the watchaufpassen; to be on the watch for somebody/somethingnach jdm/etw Ausschau halten; to keep watchWache halten; to keep a close watch on somebody/somethingjdn/etw scharf bewachen; to keep a close watch on the timegenau auf die Zeit achten; to keep watch over somebody/somethingbei jdm/etw wachen or Wache halten; to set a watch on somebody/somethingjdn/etw überwachen lassen
(= period of duty, people)Wache f; to be on watchWache haben, auf Wacht sein (geh); officer of the watchwachhabender Offizier; in the still watches of the night (old, liter)in den stillen Stunden der Nacht
(Hist, to protect public) → Wache f
(= guard)aufpassen auf (+acc); (police etc) → überwachen
(= observe)beobachten; matchzusehen or zuschauen bei; film, play, programme on TVsich (dat)ansehen; to watch TVfernsehen; to watch somebody doing somethingjdm bei etw zusehen or zuschauen, sich (dat)ansehen, wie jd etw macht; I’ll come and watch you playich komme und sehe dir beim Spielen zu; he just stood there and watched her drowner stand einfach da und sah zu, wie sie ertrank; I watched her coming down the streetich habe sie beobachtet, wie or als sie die Straße entlang kam; she has a habit of watching my mouth when I speaksie hat die Angewohnheit, mir auf den Mund zu sehen or schauen, wenn ich rede; let’s go and watch the tennisgehen wir uns (das) Tennis ansehen; are you watching the blackboard!du guckst or siehst zur Tafel!; don’t watch the camerasehen Sie nicht zur Kamera!; watch this young actor, he’ll be a starbeachten Sie diesen jungen Schauspieler, der wird mal ein Star; watch the road in front of youpass auf die Straße auf!, guck or achte auf die Straße!; to watch a case/negotiations for somebodyfür jdn als Beobachter bei einem Prozess/einer Verhandlung auftreten; now watch this closelysehen or schauen Sie jetzt gut zu!, passen Sie mal genau auf!; watch this!pass auf!; watch this spacewarten Sies ab, demnächst mehr; I want everyone to watch meich möchte, dass mir alle zusehen or zuschauen!, alle mal hersehen or herschauen!; just watch me!guck or schau mal, wie ich das mache!; just watch me go and make a mess of it!da siehst du mal, was für einen Mist ich mache (inf); we are being watchedwir werden beobachtet; I can’t stand being watchedich kann es nicht ausstehen, wenn mir ständig einer zusieht; a new talent to be watchedein neues Talent, das man im Auge behalten muss; it’s about as exciting as watching grass grow or watching paint dryes ist sterbenslangweilig, das ist so spannend, dass einem das Gähnen kommt; a watched pot never boils (Prov) → wenn man daneben steht, kocht das Wasser nie
(= be careful of)achtgeben or aufpassen auf (+acc); expensesachten auf (+acc); timeachten auf (+acc), → aufpassen auf (+acc); (you’d better) watch it! (inf)pass (bloß) auf! (inf); watch yourselfsieh dich vor!, sei vorsichtig!; (well-wishing) → machs gut!; watch your manners!bitte benimm dich!; watch your language!drück dich bitte etwas gepflegter aus!; watch him, he’s craftysieh dich vor or pass auf, er ist raffiniert; watch where you put your feetpass auf, wo du hintrittst; watch how you talk to him, he’s very touchysei vorsichtig, wenn du mit ihm sprichst, er ist sehr empfindlich; watch how you drive, the roads are icyfahr vorsichtig or pass beim Fahren auf, die Straßen sind vereist!; watch how you go!machs gut!; (on icy surface etc) → pass beim Laufen/Fahren auf! ? step
chanceabpassen, abwarten; to watch one’s chance/timeeine günstige Gelegenheit/einen günstigen Zeitpunkt abwarten
(= observe)zusehen, zuschauen; to watch for somebody/somethingnach jdm/etw Ausschau halten or ausschauen; they watched for a signal from the soldierssie warteten auf ein Signal von den Soldaten; to watch for something to happendarauf warten, dass etw geschieht; to be watching for signs of …nach Anzeichen von … Ausschau halten; you should watch for symptoms of …du solltest auf …symptome achten
(= keep watch)Wache halten; there are policemen watching all (a)round the housedas Haus wird rundherum von Polizisten bewacht

watch1 [wɒtʃ] n (also wrist watch) → orologio (da polso)
it's 10 o'clock by my watch → il mio orologio fa le 10
watch2 [wɒtʃ]
1. n
a. (act of watching) → sorveglianza
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
b. (period of duty) → guardia (Naut) → quarto; (sentry) → sentinella
officer of the watch (Naut) → ufficiale m di quarto
to be on watch (Naut) → essere di guardia
2. vt
a. (guard, gen) → tener d'occhio
b. (observe, gen) → guardare; (subj, police) → tenere d'occhio, sorvegliare; (monitor, case) → seguire
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
c. (be careful with) → stare attento/a a
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
3. vi (observe) → guardare; (keep guard) → fare or montare la guardia; (pay attention) → stare attento/a; (at bedside) → vegliare
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
watch out vi + advfare attenzione f, stare attento/a
to watch out for (keep watch) → fare attenzione a (be on the alert) → stare attento/a a
watch out! (also threatening) → attento!, occhio!
watch over vi + prepsorvegliare

watch (wotʃ) noun
1. a small instrument for telling the time by, worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket of a waistcoat etc. He wears a gold watch; a wrist-watch.
2. a period of standing guard during the night. I'll take the watch from two o'clock till six.
3. in the navy etc, a group of officers and men who are on duty at a given time. The night watch come(s) on duty soon.
1. to look at (someone or something). He was watching her carefully; He is watching television.
2. to keep a lookout (for). They've gone to watch for the ship coming in; Could you watch for the postman?
3. to be careful of (someone or something). Watch (that) you don't fall off!; Watch him! He's dangerous.
4. to guard or take care of. Watch the prisoner and make sure he doesn't escape; Please watch the baby while I go shopping.
5. to wait for (a chance, opportunity etc). Watch your chance, and then run.
ˈwatcher noun
ˈwatchful adjective
alert and cautious. watchful eyes; If you are watchful you will not be robbed.
ˈwatchfully adverb
ˈwatchfulness noun
ˈwatchdog noun
a dog which guards someone's property etc. We leave a watchdog in our office at night to scare away thieves.
ˈwatchmaker noun
a person who makes and repairs watches, clocks etc.
ˈwatchman noun
(often ˌnight-ˈwatchman) a man employed to guard a building etc against thieves, especially at night. The bank-robbers shot the (night-)watchman.
ˈwatchtower noun
an old word for a tower on which a lookout is posted.
ˈwatchword noun
a motto or slogan used by members of a group of people who think (or act) alike. Let freedom be our watchword!
keep watch
to be on guard. He kept watch while the other soldiers slept.
watch one's step
to be careful what one does or says. He's in a bad mood, so watch your step and don't say anything wrong!
watch out (with for)
to be careful (of). Watch out for the cars!; Watch out! The police are coming!
watch over
to guard or take care of. The mother bird is watching over her young.

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

n.  reloj de pulsera o bolsillo; vigilia;
v.  cuidar, observar, esperar; tener cuidado; to ___ one's step → cuidarse, tener cuidado;  ___ out! → ¡Cuidado!

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Ah, and why then replace it so hurriedly in your leather-belt, Mary, as if it were guilt to you to kiss to-day, or any day, the watch your husband gave you?
But the night remained clear, and Huck closed his watch and retired to bed in an empty sugar hogshead about twelve.
Nay, it were better, to meet some dangers half way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long, it is odds he will fall asleep.
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