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watch

Pronunciation: /wɑːtʃ; wɒtʃ/

Translation of watch in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 countable/numerable (timepiece) reloj (masculine) ([ de pulsera/de bolsillo ]) what's the time by your watch? ¿qué hora tienes? (before noun/delante del nombre) watch band o (British English/inglés británico) strap correa (feminine) de reloj
    Example sentences
    • Digital alarm clocks and watches operate weirdly and are often indecipherable.
    • Today we calibrate our watches with atomic clocks, but back then there was no timepiece more reliable than the rotating Earth itself.
    • Later, though, they curse me for being delayed in clocking out when the watches on their wrists clearly show it is time to go.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (observation) vigilancia (feminine)watch on sth during his watch on the house mientras vigilaba la casa to be on the watch for sb/sth she was on the watch for the postman estaba esperando a ver si veía al cartero police have warned people to be on the watch for burglars la policía ha advertido a la gente que tenga cuidado con los ladrones the mother is constantly on the watch for possible danger la madre está constantemente alerta por si hay algún peligro to keep watch hacer* guardia to keep watch over sth/sb vigilar algo/a algn I left her to keep watch over the bags la dejé vigilando las maletas to keep a watch on sth/sb vigilar algo/a algn you should keep a closer watch on those children deberías vigilar mejor a esos niños I keep a strict watch on what I eat vigilo mucho lo que como keep a watch (out) for the postman estáte atenta a ver cuándo llega el cartero
    Example sentences
    • I want to raise one or two other things just as examples to assure the House that I have been keeping a close watch on its concerns.
    • The international community will be keeping a close watch on the results.
    • He must know that the police are keeping a close watch on the area.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [person/expression] observar, mirar; [movie/program/game] mirar, ver* to watch television ver* or mirar televisión now, watch this carefully ahora, miren or observen con atención now watch how an expert does it ahora mira cómo lo hace un expertoto watch sb/sth + infinitive/infinitivo I watched his eyes fill with tears vi como se le llenaban los ojos de lágrimas we watched the children open their presents miramos como los niños abrían sus regalos we watched the sun go down miramos la puesta de sol
  • 2 2.1 (keep under observation) [suspect/house/sb's movements] vigilar we're being watched nos están vigilando a watched kettle o pot never boils el que espera desespera 2.2 (look after) [luggage/children] cuidar, vigilar 2.3 (pay attention to) mirar (con atención) watch what you're doing! ¡mira lo que haces! watch the road! ¡mira la carretera! I've got to watch the time tengo que estar atenta a la hora the staff are always watching the clock los empleados están siempre pendientes del reloj investors are watching the situation with interest los inversores están siguiendo la situación muy de cerca
  • 3 (be careful of) [diet/weight] vigilar, tener* cuidado con we'll have to watch what we spend tendremos que mirar (mucho) lo que gastamos watch what you say ten cuidado con lo que dices you've got to watch her tienes que andarte con cuidado con ella watch yourself on that ladder! [colloquial/familiar] ¡cuidado, no te vayas a caer de la escalera! watch your head! ¡cuidado con la cabeza! watch how you go! [colloquial/familiar] ¡ve con cuidado! watch they give you the right change fíjate que te den bien el cambio watch it! [colloquial/familiar] ¡cuidado!, ¡ojo! [colloquial/familiar], ¡abusado! (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (look on) mirar we watched carefully as she did it miramos con atención mientras lo hacía the whole country watched as the events unfolded la nación entera siguió el desarrollo de los acontecimientos 1.2 (pay attention) prestar atención 1.3 (wait for) to watch for sth/sb esperar algo/a algn to watch for sb/sth to + infinitive/infinitivo esperar a que algn/algo + subjunctive/subjuntivo he was watching for the lights to change estaba esperando a que cambiara el semáforo
  • 2 (keep vigil) [literary/literario] velar

Phrasal verbs

watch out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (be careful) tener* cuidado watch out! ¡(ten) cuidado!, ¡ojo! [colloquial/familiar], ¡abusado! (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] to watch out for sth/sb tener* cuidado or [colloquial/familiar] ojo con algo/algn 1.2 (look carefully) estarse* atentoto watch out for sth/sb watch out for spelling mistakes estáte atento por si hay faltas de ortografía watch out for Mary: I want a word with her a ver si ves a Mary: quiero hablar con ella

watch over

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[patient/child] cuidar (de); [safety/interests/well-being] velar por

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