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Watch meaning

watch - 17 dictionary results

  1. 1. look attentively; " watch a basketball game"
  2. 2. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance; formerly, a watching or guarding by night.
  3. 3. One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.
  4. 4. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
  5. 5. A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
  6. 6. An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
  7. 7. That part, usually one half, of the officers and crew, who together attend to the working of a vessel for an allotted time, usually four hours. The watches are designated as the port watch, and the starboard watch.
  8. 8. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
  9. 9. To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
  10. 10. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
  11. 11. To remain awake with any one as nurse or attendant; to attend on the sick during the night; as, to watch with a man in a fever.
  12. 12. To give heed to; to observe the actions or motions of, for any purpose; to keep in view; not to lose from sight and observation; as, to watch the progress of a bill in the legislature.
  13. 13. To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
  14. 14. To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; - said of a buoy.
  15. 15. Act of watching; guard; one who watches, or those who watch: time of watching; division of the night: pocket timepiece.
  16. 16. To keep in view; give heed to; guard.
  17. 17. To look attentively; keep guard; be awake.

watch - examples of usage

  1. First Katharine looked at her watch, and then she asked William to tell her the right time. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. We must watch for that answer. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. May I sit and watch you? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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