Watch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɑːtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word watch
Brit.  |wɒtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word watch


- a small portable timepiece (syn: ticker)
- 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 (syn: vigil)
- the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
- a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event (syn: lookout, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter)
- the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival) (syn: vigil)


- look attentively
watch a basketball game
- follow with the eyes or the mind (syn: follow, observe, watch over)
The world is watching Sarajevo
- see or watch (syn: catch, see, take in, view)
- observe with attention (syn: look on)
They watched as the murderer was executed
- be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful (syn: look out, watch out)
- observe or determine by looking
- find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort (syn: ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see)

Extra examples

They have a rookie on the team who is fun to watch.

I fell asleep watching television.

What movie are you watching?

She sat and watched the children play.

Just sit back and watch.

Keep watching to see what happens next.

People are watching this presidential race very carefully.

He glanced at his watch.

When you're driving in winter you should always be on the watch for ice on the roads.

I watched her cross the street.

Watch me carefully.

Watch what I do and how I do it.

Merchants watch the rise and fall of the markets in other countries.

The war was watched by all Europe.

She was scared that someone was watching her.

Phrasal verbs

watch out  — be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful
watch over  — follow with the eyes or the mind

Word forms

I/you/we/they: watch
he/she/it: watches
present participle: watching
past tense: watched
past participle: watched
singular: watch
plural: watches
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