Definition of surveil in English:


Line breaks: sur|veil
Pronunciation: /səˈveɪl
(also surveille)

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.

More definitions of surveil

Definition of surveil in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space