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watch·ful

 (wŏch′fəl)
adj.
1. Closely observant or alert; vigilant: kept a watchful eye on the clock. See Synonyms at careful.
2. Archaic Not sleeping; awake.

watch′ful·ly adv.
watch′ful·ness n.

watchful

(ˈwɒtʃfʊl)
adj
1. vigilant or alert
2. archaic not sleeping
ˈwatchfully adv
ˈwatchfulness n

watch•ful

(ˈwɒtʃ fəl)

adj.
1. vigilant or alert; closely observant.
2. Archaic. wakeful.
[1540–50]
watch′ful•ly, adv.
watch′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.watchful - engaged in or accustomed to close observation; "caught by a couple of alert cops"; "alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"; "constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"
wary - marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"
awake - not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; "lay awake thinking about his new job"; "still not fully awake"
lively - full of life and energy; "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"
2.watchful - experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness; "insomniac old people"; "insomniac nights"; "lay sleepless all night"; "twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights"- Shakespeare
awake - not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; "lay awake thinking about his new job"; "still not fully awake"

watchful

watchful

adjective
1. Vigilantly attentive:
Idiom: on the ball.
2. Cautiously attentive:
Translations
يَقِظ، مُحْتَرِس
aîgætinn

watchful

[ˈwɒtʃfʊl] ADJ [eyes, face] → atento; (stronger) → vigilante
to be watchful (for sth)estar atento (a algo); (stronger) → mantener una actitud vigilante (ante algo)
to keep a watchful eye on sth/sbvigilar algo/a algn de cerca
under the watchful eye ofbajo la atenta mirada de, bajo la mirada vigilante de

watchful

[ˈwɒtʃfʊl] adj [person] → vigilant(e)
under the watchful eye of sb → sous l'œil vigilant de qn
to keep a watchful eye on sb → surveiller qn de près
to keep a watchful eye on sth → garder un œil vigilant sur qch

watchful

adjwachsam; to keep a watchful eye on somebody/somethingein wachsames Auge auf jdn/etw werfen; to be watchful forwachsam Ausschau halten nach

watchful

[ˈwɒtʃfʊl] adj to be watchful for sthstare attento a qc
to keep a watchful eye on sb → guardare con occhio vigile qn
under the watchful eye of → sotto lo sguardo vigile di

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.
verb
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.
References in classic literature ?
Now, Uncas," he continued, in a half whisper, and laughing with a kind of inward sound, like one who had learned to be watchful, "I will bet my charger three times full of powder, against a foot of wampum, that I take him atwixt the eyes, and nearer to the right than to the left.
But Old Roger Chillingworth, too, had perceptions that were almost intuitive; and when the minister threw his startled eyes towards him, there the physician sat; his kind, watchful, sympathising, but never intrusive friend.
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
I was sorry for Ginger, but of course I knew very little then, and I thought most likely she made the worst of it; however, I found that as the weeks went on she grew much more gentle and cheerful, and had lost the watchful, defiant look that she used to turn on any strange person who came near her; and one day James said, "I do believe that mare is getting fond of me, she quite whinnied after me this morning when I had been rubbing her forehead.
After struggling till both were hot and flushed, each relaxed his strain with watchful caution, and Tom said:
Dashwood, not less watchful of what passed than her daughter, but with a mind very differently influenced, and therefore watching to very different effect, saw nothing in the Colonel's behaviour but what arose from the most simple and self-evident sensations, while in the actions and words of Marianne she persuaded herself to think that something more than gratitude already dawned.
How his eye shone, still watchful, and yet wild beneath!
At first she was very nervous and the robin himself was indignantly watchful.
The watchful guard, with his right hand at the stock of his raised blunderbuss, his left at the barrel, and his eye on the horseman, answered curtly, "Sir.
Book after book was added to the heap of failures, Miss Murdstone being firmly watchful of us all the time.
It had dropped into a watchful and brooding expression - most likely when all the things about her had become transfixed - and it looked as if nothing could ever lift it up again.
But know that in the Soule Are many lesser Faculties that serve Reason as chief; among these Fansie next Her office holds; of all external things, Which the five watchful Senses represent, She forms Imaginations, Aerie shapes, Which Reason joyning or disjoyning, frames All what we affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private Cell when Nature rests.