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surveil Syllabification: sur·veil
Pronunciation: /sərˈvāl/
(also surveille)

Definition of surveil in English:

verb (surveils, surveilling, surveilled)

[with object] chiefly US
Keep (a person or place) under surveillance: he deployed FBI agents to surveil the offices of those companies
More example sentences
  • We're heading into a world where everyone can surveil everyone else.
  • The NYPD rotates six helicopters to surveil the city from above.
  • Americans don't like to think that we're being surveilled.


1960s: back-formation from surveillance.

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