Meaning of WATCH in English

WATCH

■ verb

1》 look at attentively.

↘keep under careful or protective observation.

↘( ~ for ) look out for.

2》 exercise care, caution, or restraint about.

↘[usu. in imperative ] ( ~ out ) be careful.

3》 maintain an interest in.

4》 archaic remain awake for the purpose of religious observance.

■ noun

1》 a small timepiece worn typically on a strap on one's wrist.

2》 an act or instance of ~ing.

↘a period of vigil, typically during the night.

3》 a fixed period of duty on a ship, usually lasting four hours.

↘(also starboard or port ~ ) the officers and crew on duty during one such period.

↘a shift worked by firefighters or police officers.

4》 (also night ~ ) historical a ~man or group of ~men who patrolled and guarded the streets of a town at night.

Phrases

be on the ~ be on the alert for danger or trouble.

keep ~ stay on the lookout for danger or trouble.

~ one's (or someone's ) back protect oneself (or someone else) against danger from an unexpected quarter.

the ~es of the night literary waking hours during the night.

Derivatives

~er noun

Origin

OE wæcce '~fulness', wæccende 'remaining awake'; related to wake 1 .

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