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watch

 (wŏch)
v. watched, watch·ing, watch·es
v.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.
v.tr.
1. To look at steadily; observe carefully or continuously: watch a parade.
2. To guard, keep surveillance on, or spy on: watched the prisoner all day; watched the house to see who came and went.
3. To observe the course of mentally; keep up on or informed about: watch the price of gold.
4. To pay close attention to or be careful about, especially with regard to propriety: watched his manners.
5. To tend or take care of (children or a flock of sheep, for example). See Synonyms at tend2.
n.
1. The act or process of keeping awake or mentally alert, especially for the purpose of guarding.
2.
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.
7.
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.
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.

[Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan, to watch, be awake; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]
References in classic literature ?
Like one anxious to keep an appointment, she frequently consulted her watch, looking long at it, as if it were one of those watches that do not give up their secret until you have made a mental calculation.
And, indeed the case was just the same with all the other clocks and watches in the borough.
"Von!" said his watch also; "von!" said the watch of his vrow; and "von!" said the watches of the boys, and the little gilt repeaters on the tails of the cat and pig.
"Und dvelf it is!" said all the little old gentlemen, putting up their watches. But the big bell had not done with them yet.
Had there been any particular reason why we should not have gone to sleep again, but have got up and dressed then and there, we should have dropped off while we were looking at our watches, and have slept till ten.
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