Definitions for watchwɒtʃ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word watch
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to look attentively, as to see what is done or happens; observe.
to wait attentively and expectantly (usu. fol. by for):
to watch for a signal.
to be careful or cautious:
Watch when you cross the street.
to keep awake, esp. for a purpose; remain vigilant.
to keep vigil, as for devotional purposes.
to keep guard:
to watch at the door.
(v.t.)to view attentively or with interest:
to watch a football game.
to contemplate or regard mentally:
to watch a student's progress.
to wait attentively and expectantly for:
to watch one's opportunity.
to guard or tend:
to watch the baby.
watch out, to be cautious.
Category: Verb Phrase
watch over, to safeguard; protect.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)close, continuous observation for the purpose of seeing or discovering something.
vigilant guard, as for protection or restraint:
to keep watch for prowlers.
a keeping awake for some special purpose:
a watch beside a sickbed.
a small, portable timepiece, as a wristwatch or pocket watch.
a period of time, usu. four hours, during which one part of a ship's crew is on duty, taking turns with another part. the officers and crew who attend to the working of a ship for an allotted period of time.
Category: Navy, Nautical
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.
a lookout, guard, or sentinel:
A watch was posted at sunset.
Idioms for watch:
on the watch, vigilant; alert:
a hunter on the watch for game.
watch oneself, to practice caution, discretion, or self-restraint.
Origin of watch:
bef. 900; ME wacchen, OE wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1)
a small portable timepiece
a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket(noun)
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
"watch a basketball game"
watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on(verb)
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"
watch, view, see, catch, take in(verb)
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"
watch, look on(verb)
observe with attention
"They watched as the murderer was executed"
watch, look out, watch out(verb)
be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful
"Watch out for pickpockets!"
observe or determine by looking
"Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn(verb)
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to look at sth that is happening
They watched the balloon fly away.; I watched them talking together.; The flames grew higher as they watched.
to take care of
She's watching the house for us while we're gone.
to be careful
Watch that branch in the road.; Watch that you don't hit him.; You have to watch where you're going.
used to warn sb to be careful
Watch it, it's going to fall!; You'd better watch it - you're spending a lot of money.
a device you wear on your wrist that shows the time
She looked at her watch.
the activity of watching to find out what happens or to prevent problems
soldiers keeping watch outside
to watch carefully
doctors keeping a close watch on the patient
A portable or wearable timepiece.
More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.
A particular time period when guarding is kept.
The second watch of the night began at midnight.
A person or group of people who guard.
The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.
A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55501).
The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.
To be awake.
To look at, see, or view for a period of time.
To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.
To mind, attend, or guard.
To be wary or cautious of.
You should watch that guy. He has a reputation for lying.
To attend to dangers to or regarding.
To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil
To be vigilant or on one's guard
For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away.
To act as a lookout
Plural form of watchman.
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
one who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard
the post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept
the period of the night during which a person does duty as a sentinel, or guard; the time from the placing of a sentinel till his relief; hence, a division of the night
a small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring
an allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch
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
to be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil
to be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel
to be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity
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
to serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy
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
to tend; to guard; to have in keeping
A watch is a timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket. Wristwatches are the most common type of watch used today. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical. As technology progressed, the mechanisms used to measure time have, in some cases, been replaced by use of quartz vibrations or electronic pulses. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970. Before wristwatches became popular in the 1920s, most watches were pocket watches, which often had covers and were carried in a pocket and attached to a watch chain or watch fob. In the early 1900s, the wristwatch, originally called a Wristlet, was reserved for women and considered more of a passing fad than a serious timepiece. Men, who carried pocket watches, were quoted as saying they would "sooner wear a skirt as wear a wristwatch". This changed in World War I, when soldiers on the battlefield found pocket watches to be impractical and attached their watches to their wrist by a cupped leather strap. It is also believed that Girard-Perregaux equipped the German Imperial Navy with wristwatches in a similar fashion as early as the 1880s, to be used while synchronizing naval attacks and firing artillery.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1935
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #583
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Nouns Frequency: #1343
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Verbs Frequency: #113
Translations for watch
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
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.
- relógioPortuguese (BR)
- die UhrGerman
- ur; -ur; armbåndsurDanish
- ρολόι (χεριού, τσέπης)Greek
- reloj (de bolsillo/pulsera)Spanish
- ručni satCroatian
- 손목 시계Korean
- (kišeninis, rankinis) laikrodisLithuanian
- (rokas, kabatas) pulkstenisLatvian
- jam tanganMalay
- klokke, urNorwegian
- fick-, armbandsurSwedish
- kol saatiTurkish
- 手錶Chinese (Trad.)
- đồng hồ đeo tayVietnamese
- 手表Chinese (Simp.)
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