Meaning of WATCH in English

WATCH

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

bird watching (= the activity of watching wild birds )

One of his hobbies is bird watching.

digital watch

a digital watch

fob watch

gold watch/chain/ring etc

keep a close eye/watch on sb/sth (= watch someone or something carefully )

They have to keep a close eye on their finances.

keep a watching brief on

One of his responsibilities is to keep a watching brief on foreign broadcasts.

neighbourhood watch

put our watches forward

We put our watches forward by 2 hours.

see/watch a game

Did you see the game last night?

see/watch sth on television

She saw the race on television.

watch a channel

The kids are always watching the cartoon channel.

watch a film

He stayed in and watched a film on TV.

watch a match

I watched the match on TV.

watch a play

Some of the audience were talking instead of watching the play.

watch a programme

She was watching a wildlife programme.

watch a show

People of all ages watch the show.

watch cricket

He likes to spend summer weekends watching cricket.

watch football

He likes to spend Saturday afternoon watching football.

watch list

watch sb’s expression

‘Does it really matter?’ Elizabeth asked, watching his expression closely.

watch television

Mum was in the lounge watching television.

watch your weight (= try not to get fatter, by eating the correct foods )

He has to watch his weight because he has a heart condition.

watched...closely

The detective watched him closely , waiting for a reply.

watch/follow sb’s every move

His eyes followed Cissy’s every move.

watching brief

One of his responsibilities is to keep a watching brief on foreign broadcasts.

watch/see a movie

We watched the movie and ate popcorn.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

carefully

As this is the stage at which material is actively removed, the sections should be watched carefully during this process.

His or her behavior is carefully watched and not infrequently copied.

She watched carefully as Travis lingered over his own cup.

We carefully watched the flame of the hour candle eating away the wax from ring to ring.

They relate the story in a hushed tone, watching carefully for a reaction.

The companies are watching carefully lest other lobbyists try to slip the tougher provisions back in.

Wishart had Corbett watched carefully but all the reports indicated that Corbett had not been officially despatched by Edward.

Two things must be carefully watched .

closely

Countries in the Middle East will be watching closely .

The Food Lion suit has been closely watched because hidden-camera reports have become a popular staple of network newsmagazine shows.

He knew I was clean, because he'd run over me himself, but just the same, he watched closely .

I watch closely to see who lives inside the tubes, but my patience is unrewarded.

The text needs to be watched closely for all may not be as it seems at first.

During that day on Lulu, I watched closely the men who tended Alvin and envied them the challenge of their job.

Isabel, watching closely , saw him go very still as he saw what lay between the pages.

I watched closely the Britts and other successful men and women in this business.

■ NOUN

face

Gabriel was watching her face and saw her blush.

One at a time as they turned the bend, Ezra watched their faces stretch.

Edouard stood back by the doors, watching her, his face oddly closed.

They were watching with faces of serious alarm.

Leave her wanting just to watch the way his face lightened, losing years?

Or send a photo of your younger siblings and watch their faces light up when they see themselves in this animated adventure.

She lay watching his face as he tried to concentrate on the complexities of the novel.

She took her place at his side again, and watched the exquisitely etched face in the soft light.

film

I have been watching a film .

Numerous households will want to watch the film either simultaneously or at overlapping times.

As already observed that is a much better vote-winning method than staying in watching films .

We sat there, we two, watching the film .

I remember having an extraordinary experience watching the film of Apocalypse Now.

Gray said he asked four of the men who live in Tuskegee to watch the film with him.

We settle down to watch the next film .

Jody has spent the day indoors watching game film .

game

He's been to watch quite a few games here since the day he left and that shows he still loves the place.

They may stay on the periphery watching the recess-time basketball games and jump-rope competitions from the sidelines of the playground.

Just confine yourself to watching the game , that's all.

A couple in their mid 20s is occupying a booth, but are more preoccupied with making out than watching the game .

But if you watched Swindon's game on Sunday ... you were in for a treat.

We were sitting around, watching games , imagining every scenario.

I got home at about 2.30am and watched the game again on telly.

It takes an hour and a half to watch the game .

move

As he examined the yoyo, he could hear the child breathing beside him, watching his every move .

We don't realise that when we connect to the internet from home, some one may be watching our every move .

With his huge head, huge eyebrows, he watched our every move in the building.

Jane watched her move around the room.

I tossed the zinoviev wrapper and watched Raffles make his move .

Her cub followed, watching her every move .

At night they would spread their blankets on the porch and lie watching the fog move toward them from across the lake.

movie

I bath and then I pay to watch a movie called Hollywood Casting Couch.

When you watch certain rare movies , you can see the labor of love that made them possible.

She started to watch the movie .

A customer wishes to watch a movie .

Once in a while she stayed up to help him watch a movie .

We are very excited, but not at the prospect of watching the movie .

Wacky comedy about a scientist trying to drive a guy crazy by forcing him to watch the worst movies ever made.

news

Instead it became more dependent upon how frequently they watched television news .

On any given weekday night, around thirty-eight million people are watching the network news , with millions more watching local news.

He was back at the flat in time to watch the five forty-five news .

About twelve million people watch morning news programs.

Victoria lives just outside Cheltenham and she often watches Central News .

As he unpacked, he watched the news , Tranformer cartoons and a talk show.

Each night I watch the television news .

He laid a tray and took his supper into the study to watch the news .

programme

In fact, they were the chief reasons for watching the programme .

It's like watching a proper programme .

You can do more than just watch a programme once, straight through.

Senior officers are watching the pilot programme carefully with a view to including other areas.

She sort of glances at me and then she goes back to watching her programme .

I stay there a bit watching a telly programme with this man doing stuff.

Alternatively something of a ritual might be made of inviting friends round to watch a particular programme .

television

One important source of pleasure will be investigated in some detail - television watching .

It is dangerous if you try to separate them ... On television I watched a nature short about two-headed snakes.

He turned on the television and watched the first two innings of the Mets game.

What television programmes do I watch ?

After all, most television programs are watched in the privacy of our own homes.

His family have never owned a television and he usually watches it at his gran's house.

On television , you watch the political leader announce that inflation is down 5 percent.

video

Store detectives undergo extensive training routines which include role playing and watching videos of mock incidents.

In one, the children watch cartoon videos .

He watched the videos alone and extracted the issues he wanted to consider.

I left, defeated, and through the window watched him replace the videos on the shelf ready for the next customer.

The director sits watching a video of a film made, usually, several years previously.

Watching Dash was as disconcerting as watching a music video .

But I never have been able to bring myself to watch the video .

He had to be wishing he were home watching a video .

■ VERB

sit

To sit by fires and watch the moon rise.

She sits motionless, watching the darkening distant trees.

As a kid I'd just sit and watch my parents work and you'd learn so much.

The Baggies people could not just sit back and watch all this happen.

He parked his tractor facing me about six feet from the far bank and sat watching me while eating his sandwiches.

How am I going to sit around and watch him shoot?

Will they sit back and watch their dream be diluted?

We sat and watched them being made.

stand

Jakey David stands watching the children play.

For a second Robby just stood there watching , all color abruptly gone from his cheeks.

At the end of training Moses Kiptanui showed me his hurdling technique and then stood back to watch me.

For five minutes we all stood and watched each other.

The crowd was about fifty in number and stood about chatting and watching the riders.

Jody is standing on the sidelines watching the visitors go through their drills.

They were both good dancers and gradually the other couples drifted off the floor and stood in a circle watching them.

The inherent danger is that the other Sixers stand around and watch Iverson, leading to little or no balance.

stop

Any closer, and they stop peeking altogether and watch the cat closely.

She had mastered him: he had stopped running to watch her.

I had to stop watching because there was too much emotion.

On one of his trips down to the van he stopped to watch the mailman fill the boxes.

Sent you out for some fresh air, did they - stop you watching endless videos?

The morning landing halted traffic on nearby Interstate 5 as many motorists stopped to watch the action.

Even the parents had stopped chattering, watching with communal pride the appreciation of their efforts by the reprieved animals.

She stopped watching maudlin movies and eating greasy ribs.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(you) watch your mouth

I remember watching her mouth while she talked.

It went up 32 points Thursday, a day Newt watched his mouth .

She knew he had spoken, she had watched his mouth move.

We have to watch our mouths and let our kids know that bad words are unacceptable.

all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc

analogue clock/watch

An old-fashioned analogue watch and a chunky bracelet on the right wrist might be observed through half-closed lids.

watch sb like a hawk

Parents should watch their kids like a hawk for sunburns.

And it's putting me off, having you watching me like a hawk all the time.

He seemed to be watching her like a hawk , waiting for some reaction.

Kruger is watching them like a hawk !

They're watching me like hawks here.

Today, more than usual, he had been watching them like a hawk .

watch your step

You'd better watch your step if you want to keep your job.

He would have to watch his step on his return.

I had to watch my step .

I would watch my step if I were you.

Inside I was guided down a weird stairway and told at one point to watch my step carefully.

Opposing players really had to watch their step ....

Plus, Best foot forward, but watch your step ... aerobics can be a pain.

Some one bumped into him and sharply told him to watch his step .

The sign outside may say Céad Míle Faíte, but inside you watch your step .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Do you want to play too?" "No, thanks. I'll just watch ."

Watch your fingers - I'm closing the door.

Both candidates are watching the opinion polls carefully.

Detectives have been watching Mr Heskey's movements for some time.

Did you watch that programme about real life murders last night?

Do you want to join in or just sit and watch ?

Don't let children play near water without an adult to watch them.

Ed likes to go to the park and watch the pigeons.

He had the feeling that he was being watched.

I watched as the small boat disappeared over the horizon.

Many swimmers are videoed during training so they can watch how their performance improves.

She watched the man with interest as he made his way through the crowd.

Stay here and watch our bags while I go and buy some food.

The Presidential debate was watched by over 10 million people.

The thieves had obviously been watching his house and knew when he was likely to be out.

They watched the runners go past.

We watched the children playing on the beach.

We have watched hundreds of small firms collapse over the last few years.

Who can I get to watch the kids tonight?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He watched Lux pour himself a half cup of coffee and sit down in front of the radios.

He watches Julio listen for the sound and not hear it.

I shop there regularly and I've watched her gathering nuggets of people's lives.

It was mesmerizing to watch her, to see if she could make it.

My head twisted around to watch her as I walked.

She watched it slip and slide this way and that to fall at her feet.

Slowly, so that we can watch her face.

They watched how he was forced to let Paul manage the navigation as he stood close by.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

close

I've had a fairly close watch kept on me.

If not, why should Lalla Faqiha have kept such close watch on me and beaten me with such vindictiveness?

Neurosurgeons have successfully moved a blood clot from her brain and are keeping a close watch on her.

The inspector kept close watch of their arms and equipments and clothing.

They tend, however, to keep a closer watch on discharges which are potentially highly polluting or large in volume.

As mentioned earlier, there are alternatives for those keeping a close watch on their cholesterol.

Fortunately Scott was reasonably obedient as long as some one kept a close watch over him.

digital

Sir Clive, 51, also invented the pocket calculator, home computer and the digital watch .

He must have watched his digital watch flick away each precious minute and second.

You can synchronise your digital watch with the countdown to ensure you start exactly as the gun goes.

Then I noticed my digital altimeter watch had gone blank, a casualty.

He'd seen something rather more promising than digital watches under Mr Schofield's work bench, something in a small bag.

Zoltan's company, Cyanamid, plans to license its pending patents to makers of digital watches .

You can always tell some one who is using a digital watch .

However, there is an instant when a digital watch is speechless.

gold

The obvious thing was the gold watch , wrapped up at the bottom in a bit of cloth.

But Jim was stunned, because he had sold his gold watch to buy Della the combs.

Her gold watch and her digital clock agree that it is nineteen minutes past eight.

The sleeves and pockets of the filthy jacket were lined with hundreds and hundreds of gold watches .

Martin was presented with a gold watch from the Company and six crystal glasses from his branch colleagues.

In lieu of luggage he left a gold watch .

He sipped his gin and tonic, and my eyes flitted to his gold watch and his gold bracelet.

Della wanted to get Jim a chain for his special gold watch .

■ NOUN

neighbourhood

There are neighbourhood watch schemes and informal baby-minding groups.

In the Croydon area, where neighbourhood watch schemes are strong, burglaries are down.

Where there is sustained development of neighbourhood watch schemes, there is a sustained decrease in the number of burglaries.

Does he agree that neighbourhood watches can be deemed only an aid to proper policing, in terms of numbers and police efficiency?

A neighbourhood watch scheme has been established linking each home, where every door and gate is permanently locked against intruders.

The exhibition included various crime prevention systems both for the home and the car and details of neighbourhood watch .

night

Whilst others were only allowed to keep the night watch once each week, Nicholas undertook it three times.

Also we stopped using our little paraffin lamp during the night watch , and used torches instead.

It was the third hour of the night watch .

Our hand torches for the night watch began to break down.

We were all damp, tired, and did not look forward to managing Hsu Fu through the long night watches .

But lack of sleep due to the four-hour night watches was a perfectly reasonable, if not wholly true, explanation for both.

For the rest of the time it was a question of patience under uncomfortable conditions, particularly on the night watch .

pocket

For the average distance runner fat is about as much use as a pocket watch .

His right forearm rests on a table, and in his fingers is the Jefferys pocket watch !.

The jewellery pictured includes a silver pocket watch , a pearl brooch, a silver pendant and several tie or stick pins.

In 1753, Jefferys made Harrison a pocket watch for his personal use.

Sandra was presented with a gold wrist watch and Malcolm with a pocket watch by general manager Ken Burkinshaw.

He may have lent a hand in the construction of the Jefferys pocket watch and even of H-4.

My pocket watch showed that it was only six-twenty.

His father had taken out his pocket watch .

■ VERB

check

I checked my watch: 10.40.

In the partly cloudy moonlight, I checked my watch: 0200.

Ever since Jack could remember, women had been offended with his checking his watch .

I grin at him with my eyes and check my watch .

He pulled on a beret and stared down the empty road, then he checked his watch , frowning.

The men met each day at noon in the observatory to check the watch against the regulator clock and then rewind it.

I checked my watch and saw that it was Thursday.

I walked to the front door, checked my watch , and flicked the porch light on and off three times.

consult

Several times during the morning he found himself consulting his watch , wondering how his daughter-in-law was progressing.

It did not occur to him, however, to consult his watch .

They consulted their watches and moved north through the trees, looking back and painting as they went.

The next time she consulted her watch she saw with surprise that it was nearly six o'clock.

He regularly consults his watch which also provides the only illumination.

Already they would be consulting their watches , calculating how long it would be before he could make it.

One of us automatically consults his watch: 4.40 to the second.

By the last vestiges of twilight he consulted his waterlogged watch .

glance

He glanced at his watch and looked around.

The priest glanced at his watch .

She kept glancing at her watch .

Sloan had been glancing at his watch and reminding them that he had to clean up the house.

She glanced at her watch and saw that it was almost midnight.

That done, I glanced at my watch .

She glanced down at her watch .

keep

I told my friend Bridget it was up to us to keep watch .

Neurosurgeons have successfully moved a blood clot from her brain and are keeping a close watch on her.

The inspector kept close watch of their arms and equipments and clothing.

It is important, none the less, to keep a careful watch on progress.

As mentioned earlier, there are alternatives for those keeping a close watch on their cholesterol.

It was his job to keep watch through the night, but boredom and tiredness had taken over.

They would have to keep a strict watch over the gauges of all the devices.

set

During the flight Set your watch immediately to agree with local time at your destination.

He set his watch to the clock on the mantel.

Men would set their watches by other suns than this.

stand

Ranulf stood watch while they waited quietly for the man to die.

Noon meal formations will still be precisely at 12: 10, with tourists still standing watch .

He was prepared to stand watch and steer the ship for forty or fifty days or however long was necessary.

The wall is rimmed with razor wire; guards, dressed in camouflage, stand watch .

wear

He floated up the East River wearing a stolen watch .

There is no reason to wear your watch this way, except that your father told you to do so.

Could the workers afford to buy and wear these watches ?

I only wear my watch this way because my father did.

He had played a wizard, but Anton now wore his watch .

Something about not wearing a watch , he ventured.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(you) watch your mouth

I remember watching her mouth while she talked.

It went up 32 points Thursday, a day Newt watched his mouth .

She knew he had spoken, she had watched his mouth move.

We have to watch our mouths and let our kids know that bad words are unacceptable.

analogue clock/watch

An old-fashioned analogue watch and a chunky bracelet on the right wrist might be observed through half-closed lids.

keep guard/watch

Capshaw sent him out the back door to avoid whoever it was keeping guard in the front.

He kept watching out the window of the rear door.

He climbed to the top of the fence and looked around to see if there was some one keeping watch there as well.

I told my friend Bridget it was up to us to keep watch.

Its highly flexible neck enables it to keep watch over a wide area while it is both searching for and chasing prey.

Mcduff came with him to sit in the shelves and they took it in turns to keep watch.

Now do stuff that will make us want to keep watching.

The trick was to keep watching.

put a clock/watch back

put a clock/watch forward

synchronize your watches

watch your step

You'd better watch your step if you want to keep your job.

He would have to watch his step on his return.

I had to watch my step .

I would watch my step if I were you.

Inside I was guided down a weird stairway and told at one point to watch my step carefully.

Opposing players really had to watch their step ....

Plus, Best foot forward, but watch your step ... aerobics can be a pain.

Some one bumped into him and sharply told him to watch his step .

The sign outside may say Céad Míle Faíte, but inside you watch your step .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

He held the watch to his ear to see if it was working.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

After crossing the bridge Moran checked his watch and to their infinite relief started to walk quickly.

As a result, he was forced to lubricate the watch .

He got three watches, some money, knives, and other things.

His watch said that it was nine-thirty, and he cringed to think of the time he had lost.

I felt oddly naked without my watch , I always do.

Noon meal formations will still be precisely at 12: 10, with tourists still standing watch .

The captains knew all the tricks though, and were constantly on the watch .

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