What is the meaning of watch?


  • A small portable timepiece.
  • 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.
  • The period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty.
  • A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event.
  • The rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival.


  • Look attentively.
    • usage: "watch a basketball game"
  • Follow with the eyes or the mind.
    • usage: "Keep an eye on the baby, please"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
  • See or watch.
    • usage: "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
  • Observe with attention.
    • usage: "They watched as the murderer was executed"
  • Be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful.
    • usage: "Watch out for pickpockets"
  • Observe or determine by looking.
    • usage: "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
  • Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort.
    • usage: "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
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APAWordNet. (2010). watch. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/watch/definitions/1192495
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "watch" http://smartdefine.org/watch/definitions/1192495 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, watch, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/watch/definitions/1192495>.
MLAWordNet. "watch" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/watch/definitions/1192495>
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