1 observe, regard, look at, gaze at or on, take in, contemplate:
Daniel loves to watch the bears at the zoo.
2 look after, tend, mind, keep an eye on, watch over, mind, guard, care for, take care of, safeguard, protect, shield, keep safe, supervise, superintend; chaperon, accompany, attend; Colloq babysit (for), sit (with):
Could you please watch Suzie while I go shopping?
3 observe, note, notice, make or take note of, see, pay attention (to), attend (to), follow, (take) heed (of), examine, inspect, scrutinize, pore over; eye, peer at; ogle, make eyes at:
Watch the way I bone this fish. Ted enjoys watching the girls going by.
4 Often, watch (out) for. look for, be on the watch or lookout or alert or qui vive (for), guard (against), keep an eye open (for), be watchful (for), note, take note or notice of, be vigilant (for or of), keep (one's) eyes open (for), keep a (sharp) lookout (for), be prepared or ready for, be careful of, anticipate, await, wait (for), look for, Colloq keep (one's) eyes peeled or skinned (for), keep a weather eye open (for):
We were watching for irregularities in the test results. Watch where you're going! Watch out for that last step!
5 vigil, surveillance, observation, lookout:
Our six-hour watch was rewarded by the appearance of a yellow-bellied sapsucker.
6 clock, timepiece, pocket watch, wrist-watch; chronometer:
I always set my watch by the GMT time signal on the radio.
7 sentry, sentinel, guard, watchman:
The midnight watch just returned from his rounds.
8 on the watch (for). on the alert (for), on the lookout (for), on (one's) guard (for), on the qui vive (for), alert (for or to), awake (to), observant (of), watchful (of), cautious (of), wary (of), vigilant, circumspect:
We remained on the watch for the slightest movement in the bushes.
1 instrument for telling the time
digital | fob, pocket, wrist
VERB + WATCH
check, consult, glance at, look at | put back/forward
We put our watches forward eight hours before landing in Tokyo.
Don't forget to set your watch to local time.
Quartz watches don't need winding.
| have on, wear | put on | take off
WATCH + VERB
My watch is ten years old and it's still going.
Sorry I'm late?my watch has stopped.
| be slow, lose sth
My watch loses a minute each day.
| be fast, gain sth | say sth
My watch says three o'clock.
WATCH + NOUN
face | band
I kept a close watch on my bag as I sat on the train.
| constant, round-the-clock | night
VERB + WATCH
Two soldiers were ordered to keep watch for enemy aircraft.
The garrison commander had put an extra watch on the prisoners.
WATCH + NOUN
committee | tower
Some of the crew were sleeping, while others were on watch.
| on the ~ for
Cats are constantly on the watch for mice or other small mammals. verb
carefully, closely, intently
She watched the man closely to see where he would go.
| idly | impassively, numbly | anxiously, helplessly, warily
She watched helplessly as her husband was dragged away.
| open-mouthed | covertly | in silence, silently | just
I love just watching the world go by.
VERB + WATCH
They could only watch in silence as their possessions were taken away.
| continue to | pause to, stop to
They stopped to watch the procession go by.
| love to | let sb
He let me watch while he assembled the model.
| make sb
The women were made to watch while their children were slaughtered.
We watched for any sign of change in the weather.
They watched from an upstairs window.
She watched in astonishment as he smashed the machine to pieces.
He watched with great interest how she coaxed the animals towards her.
sit/stand and watch
She stood and watched them walk off down the road.
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