Meaning of WATCH in English


I. ˈwäch, ˈwȯch verb

Etymology: Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæccan — more at wake

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

b. : to be awake during the night


a. : to be attentive or vigilant

b. : to keep guard


a. : to keep someone or something under close observation

b. : to observe as a spectator

the country watch ed as stocks fell sharply

4. : to be expectant : wait

watch for the signal

transitive verb

1. : to keep under guard


a. : to observe closely in order to check on action or change

being watch ed by the police

b. : to look at : observe

sat and watch ed the crowd

c. : to look on at

watch television

watch a ball game


a. : to take care of : tend

b. : to be careful of

watch es his diet

4. : to be on the alert for : bide

watch ed her opportunity

- watch it

- watch one's step

- watch over

II. noun

Date: before 12th century


a. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

b. obsolete : the state of being wakeful

c. : a wake over a dead body

d. : a state of alert and continuous attention

e. : close observation : surveillance

f. : a notice or bulletin that alerts the public to the possibility of severe weather conditions occurring in the near future

a winter storm watch


a. : any of the definite divisions of the night made by ancient peoples

b. : one of the indeterminate intervals marking the passage of night — usually used in plural

the silent watch es of the night


a. : lookout , watchman

b. archaic : the office or function of a sentinel or guard


a. : a body of soldiers or sentinels making up a guard

b. : a watchman or body of watchmen formerly assigned to patrol the streets of a town at night, announce the hours, and act as police



(1) : a portion of time during which a part of a ship's company is on duty

(2) : the part of a ship's company required to be on duty during a particular watch

(3) : a sailor's assigned duty period

b. : a period of duty : shift

c. : a term as holder especially of an overseeing or managerial office

the business grew on her watch

6. : a portable timepiece designed to be worn (as on the wrist) or carried in the pocket — compare clock

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