Definitions for watchwɒtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. watch over, to safeguard; protect.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)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.

    Category: Horology

  17. a chronometer.

    Category: Horology

  18. 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

  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.

    Category: Antiquities

  20. a lookout, guard, or sentinel:

    A watch was posted at sunset.

Idioms for watch:

  1. on the watch, vigilant; alert:

    a hunter on the watch for game.

    Category: Idiom

  2. watch oneself, to practice caution, discretion, or self-restraint.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of watch:

bef. 900; ME wacchen, OE wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. watch, ticker(noun)

    a small portable timepiece

  2. watch(noun)

    a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

  3. watch, vigil(noun)

    a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

  4. watch(noun)

    the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty

  5. lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket(noun)

    a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

  6. vigil, watch(verb)

    the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

  7. watch(verb)

    look attentively

    "watch a basketball game"

  8. 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"

  9. 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"

  10. watch, look on(verb)

    observe with attention

    "They watched as the murderer was executed"

  11. watch, look out, watch out(verb)

    be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

    "Watch out for pickpockets!"

  12. watch(verb)

    observe or determine by looking

    "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"

  13. 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

  1. watch(verb)ɒtʃ

    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.

  2. watchɒtʃ

    to take care of

    She's watching the house for us while we're gone.

  3. watchɒtʃ

    to be careful

    Watch that branch in the road.; Watch that you don't hit him.; You have to watch where you're going.

  4. watchɒtʃ

    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.

  5. watch(noun)ɒtʃ

    a device you wear on your wrist that shows the time

    She looked at her watch.

  6. watchɒtʃ

    the activity of watching to find out what happens or to prevent problems

  7. watchɒtʃ

    to guard

    soldiers keeping watch outside

  8. watchɒtʃ

    to watch carefully

    doctors keeping a close watch on the patient


  1. watch(Noun)

    A portable or wearable timepiece.

    More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.

  2. watch(Noun)

    A particular time period when guarding is kept.

    The second watch of the night began at midnight.

  3. watch(Noun)

    A person or group of people who guard.

    The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.

  4. watch(Noun)

    A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.

  5. watch(Noun)

    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).

  6. watch(Noun)

    The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.

  7. watch(Verb)

    To be awake.

  8. watch(Verb)

    To look at, see, or view for a period of time.

  9. watch(Verb)

    To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.

  10. watch(Verb)

    To mind, attend, or guard.

  11. watch(Verb)

    To be wary or cautious of.

    You should watch that guy. He has a reputation for lying.

  12. watch(Verb)

    To attend to dangers to or regarding.

  13. watch(Verb)

    To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil

  14. watch(Verb)

    To be vigilant or on one's guard

    For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away.

  15. watch(Verb)

    To act as a lookout

  16. watch(Noun)

    Plural form of watchman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watch(verb)

    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

  2. Watch(verb)

    one who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard

  3. Watch(verb)

    the post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept

  4. Watch(verb)

    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

  5. Watch(verb)

    a small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring

  6. Watch(noun)

    an allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch

  7. Watch(noun)

    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. Watch(verb)

    to be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil

  9. Watch(verb)

    to be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel

  10. Watch(verb)

    to be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity

  11. Watch(verb)

    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. Watch(verb)

    to serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy

  13. Watch(verb)

    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

  14. Watch(verb)

    to tend; to guard; to have in keeping


  1. Watch

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1935

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #583

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Nouns Frequency: #1343

  4. Verbs Frequency

    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.

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