Meaning of WATCH in English

WATCH

I.

noun

1 instrument for telling the time

ADJECTIVE

▪ digital

▪ analogue/analog , mechanical ( esp. AmE )

▪ pocket , wrist (usually wristwatch )

▪ sports

▪ designer

▪ antique

▪ quartz

▪ diamond , gold , silver

VERB + WATCH

▪ check , consult , glance at , look at

▪ reset , set

Don't forget to set your ~ to local time.

▪ synchronize

Let's synchronize our ~es.

▪ wind

Quartz ~es don't need winding.

▪ have on , wear

▪ put on

▪ take off

WATCH + VERB

▪ go , work

My ~ is ten years old and it's still going.

▪ stop

Sorry I'm late—my ~ has stopped.

▪ be slow , lose sth

My ~ loses a minute each day.

▪ be fast , gain sth

▪ read sth ( esp. AmE ), say sth , show sth

My ~ says three o'clock.

▪ beep

Her wrist ~ beeped.

WATCH + NOUN

▪ face

▪ band (usually watchband ) ( AmE ), strap ( BrE )

▪ battery

2 guard

ADJECTIVE

▪ careful , close , vigilant ( esp. BrE )

I kept a close ~ on my bag as I sat on the train.

They kept a vigilant ~ for the enemy.

▪ constant

▪ night

▪ flood , hurricane ( esp. AmE ), storm , tornado ( esp. AmE )

We have tornado ~es in effect for a lot of Florida.

▪ suicide

prisoners on suicide ~

▪ neighbourhood/neighborhood

VERB + WATCH

▪ keep , stand

Two soldiers were ordered to keep ~ for enemy aircraft.

▪ put

The garrison commander had put an extra ~ on the prisoners.

▪ post

That night they posted ~es.

▪ maintain

The authorities maintained a careful ~ over the establishment.

▪ issue ( AmE )

They're in charge of issuing the tornado ~es.

WATCH + NOUN

▪ committee

▪ tower

▪ list ( AmE )

the terrorist ~ list

PREPOSITION

▪ on ~

Some of the crew were sleeping, while others were on ~.

▪ on the ~ for

Cats are constantly on the ~ for mice or other small mammals.

PHRASES

▪ keep ~ over sb/sth , stand ~ over sb/sth

She keeps ~ over the inmates.

II.

verb

ADVERB

▪ carefully , closely

She ~ed the man closely to see where he would go.

▪ attentively , avidly , eagerly , expectantly , intensely ( esp. AmE ), intently

▪ curiously

I could see Robby ~ing curiously.

▪ absently , idly , lazily

▪ calmly , impassively , numbly , passively

▪ patiently

I spent hours patiently ~ing the eagles.

▪ anxiously , apprehensively , helplessly , nervously , warily

She ~ed helplessly as her husband was dragged away.

▪ open-mouthed

▪ enviously

He leant in and kissed her as I ~ed enviously.

▪ amusedly ( AmE ), in amusement , with amusement

▪ covertly , secretly

▪ in silence , quietly , silently

▪ just , merely , simply

I love just ~ing the world go by.

▪ religiously

My father religiously ~ed the show every Friday night.

VERB + WATCH

▪ could only

They could only ~ in silence as their possessions were taken away.

▪ continue to

▪ pause to , stay to , stop to

They stopped to ~ the procession go by.

▪ let sb

He let me ~ while he assembled the model.

PREPOSITION

▪ for

We ~ed for any sign of change in the weather.

▪ from

They ~ed from an upstairs window.

▪ in

She ~ed in astonishment as he smashed the machine to pieces.

▪ over

Maria asked Amelia to ~ over her daughter.

▪ with

He ~ed with great interest how she coaxed the animals inside.

PHRASES

▪ sit and ~ , stand and ~

She stood and ~ed them walk off down the road.

▪ ~ and wait

He couldn't get in touch with her, so he would just have to ~ and wait.

▪ widely ~ed

the most widely ~ed national news bulletins in the country

Watch is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ eye , ↑ fan , ↑ tongue , ↑ viewer

Watch is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ baseball , ↑ basketball , ↑ broadcast , ↑ calorie , ↑ cartoon , ↑ channel , ↑ clip , ↑ clock , ↑ collapse , ↑ commercial , ↑ concert , ↑ coverage , ↑ credit , ↑ cricket , ↑ crowd , ↑ dawn , ↑ demonstration , ↑ destruction , ↑ disc , ↑ display , ↑ documentary , ↑ drama , ↑ DVD , ↑ edition , ↑ end , ↑ episode , ↑ execution , ↑ exit , ↑ expression , ↑ fight , ↑ figure , ↑ film , ↑ firework , ↑ football , ↑ game , ↑ golf , ↑ headline , ↑ hockey , ↑ intake , ↑ kid , ↑ language , ↑ match , ↑ movement , ↑ movie , ↑ news , ↑ parade , ↑ performance , ↑ play , ↑ programme , ↑ progress , ↑ recording , ↑ reflection , ↑ replay , ↑ rugby , ↑ scene , ↑ scenery , ↑ screen , ↑ sheep , ↑ show , ↑ sky , ↑ soap opera , ↑ soccer , ↑ spectacle , ↑ sunset , ↑ tape , ↑ television , ↑ tennis , ↑ thriller , ↑ traffic , ↑ trailer , ↑ video , ↑ videotape , ↑ waistline , ↑ weight

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