Definition of watchful in English:

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watchful

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒtʃfʊl/
/ˈwɒtʃf(ə)l/

adjective

1Watching someone or something closely; alert and vigilant: they attended dances under the watchful eye of their father
More example sentences
  • Also we ask all parishioners to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on this amenity.
  • There really wasn't anything she could do, except be more alert and keep a watchful eye.
  • Police officers in small groups stood around keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings, an unobtrusive presence.
Synonyms
1.1 archaic Wakeful; sleepless.

Derivatives

watchfully

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒtʃfʊli/ /ˈwɒtʃf(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The entrants would have to be ever conscious of the struggle, and tread carefully and watchfully.
  • Matthew carefully and watchfully walked out the door.
  • Familiar with the production process, he got his shots by hovering watchfully near potential moments, camera ready.

watchfulness

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒtʃfʊlnəs/
/ˈwɒtʃf(ə)lnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • But I also admire traits that his partner will come to know far better than me: the intelligence, the watchfulness, the care.
  • The mood in security circles was one of watchfulness and preparation for swift but discreet action.
  • But the downside of such watchfulness is gossip as everybody in the small community knows everybody else's business and a few mean souls take advantage of the information they gather about other people's lives.

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