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American English: /wɑtʃ/
, /wɔtʃ/
British English: /wɒtʃ/

Translation of watch in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (timepiece)
    reloj (masculine) (de pulsera/de bolsillo)
    what's the time by your watch?
    ¿qué hora tienes?
    (before noun) watch band or (British) 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 (observation) watch on somethingduring his watch on the house
    mientras vigilaba la casa
    to be on the watch for somebody/somethingshe 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 something/somebody
    vigilar algo/a alguien
    I left her to keep watch over the bags
    la dejé vigilando las maletas
    to keep a watch on something/somebody
    vigilar algo/a alguien
    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

  • 1
    to watch television
    ver or mirar televisión
    now, watch this carefully now watch how an expert does it
    ahora mira cómo lo hace un experto
    to watch somebody/something + infinitiveI 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
    Example sentences
    • For a brief moment all the fighting stopped as everyone watched one of the infantry barracks go up in a great ball of fire.
    • As soon as they reached a safe place to stand, everyone stopped and watched her.
    • In that 13-second time span, people just watched to see which one will become victorious.
  • 2 2.1 (keep under observation)
    (suspect/house/somebody's movements)
    we're being watched
    nos están vigilando
    a watched kettle or pot never boils
    el que espera desespera
    Example sentences
    • All the inmates had to be protected and watched over, and any problems that arose would have to be sorted out at once.
    • I know they were there for my own protection, but I was sick of being watched over.
    • She felt she knew him, knew him intimately, that he personally protected her and watched over her.
    2.2 (look after)
    2.3 (pay attention to) 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
    Example sentences
    • Members of the anti-war movement should be watching these developments closely.
    • A spokesman said it was watching developments with interest.
    • Big food firms are watching developments with keen interest.
  • 3 (be careful of)
    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]
    ¡cuidado, no te vayas a caer de la escalera!
    watch your head!
    ¡cuidado con la cabeza!
    watch how you go! [colloquial]
    ¡ve con cuidado!
    watch they give you the right change
    fíjate que te den bien el cambio
    watch it! [colloquial]
    ¡ojo! [colloquial]
    ¡abusado! (Mexico) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • There aren't many people who have extra weight that workout/exercise regularly and watch their intake.
    • If you start watching your diet along with exercising, you're sure to see changes in your figure.
    • She kept her body slim and healthy with regular exercise and watching the amount of food she ate.
    Example sentences
    • They have to watch out and be really careful.
    • But he warned pranksters to watch out as the fire service was taking action to cut figures by a further five per cent each year.
    • During one such meeting, the residents are warned that their house servants may be spies and to watch out.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (look on) 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) 1.3 (wait for)to watch for something/somebody
    esperar algo/a alguien
    to watch for somebody/something to + infinitive
    esperar a que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    he was watching for the lights to change
    estaba esperando a que cambiara el semáforo
  • 2 (keep vigil) [literary]

Phrasal verbs

watch out

verb + adverb
1 (be careful)
tener cuidado
watch out!
¡(ten) cuidado!
¡ojo! [colloquial]
¡abusado! (Mexico) [colloquial]
to watch out for something/somebody
tener cuidado con algo/alguien
tener ojo con algo/alguien [colloquial]
2 (look carefully)
estarse atento
to watch out for something/somebodywatch 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
cuidar (de)
velar por
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