Definition of watch in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Her function at the time would be to watch for the target and alert her master when he arrived.
- Driver fatigue can occur on short trips too so be alert and watch for signs of tiredness.
- I'd wait patiently, watching for a movement that would allow me to get it in my binoculars.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- He blinked, his foggy vision slowly clearing, and stood, realizing that the last watch of the night was over, and the king was awake.
- During the first watch of the night he acquired the power to look back through his previous existences, recalling them in full detail.
- Both of them would take a watch during the night, and would report anything strange to her at once.
be on the watch
- Be carefully looking out for something, especially a possible danger.Example sentences
- We also ask our church members and sympathetic local people to be on the watch for anything or anyone suspicious.
- If they had not been on the watch for raiders, they would have had time to find it beautiful.
- These two new studies point to the need for parents and pediatricians to be on the watch for what might appear to be less serious breathing problems in their babies and young children when they sleep.
- Stay on the lookout for danger or trouble.Example sentences
- Wily lookouts kept watch for German guards, calling out codewords as a warning.
- Some men stayed at the door keeping watch for Kane.
- Uniformed guards called safer travel officers are keeping watch for trouble-makers.
watch one's mouth
- see mouth.
watch one's (or someone's) back
the watches of the night
- literary The hours of night, portrayed as a time when one cannot sleep.Example sentences
- Both the Bible and the ‘Boy Who Lived’ proved good company during the watches of the night.
- If we should go into all that occupied our friend in the watches of the night we should have to mend our pen; but an instance or two may mark for us the vividness with which he could remember.
- In the watches of the night, the surface lure is well worth a try.
watch (one's) pennies
- see penny.
watch one's step
watch this space
- see space.
watch the time
- Ensure that one is aware of the time in order to avoid being late.Example sentences
- Well, I know in the world we have to watch the time and be aware of what's going on and schedule our lives, but time is excruciating pain when you're waiting and hoping for answers.
- She talks about continually watching the time to ensure that they are home by 7pm.
- I have to watch the time closely, though, so I don't get too involved in what I'm watching and loose track of time.
Old English wæcce 'watchfulness', wæccende 'remaining awake'; related to wake1. The sense 'small timepiece' probably developed by way of a sense 'alarm device attached to a clock'.
In Old English watch meant ‘to be or remain awake’, and it is from the same root as wake (Old English) and awake (Old English). The connection with timepieces arose because in the 15th century the first watches were alarm clocks of some kind, whose function was to wake you up. The watches of the night are the hours of night, especially as a time when you cannot sleep. This watch was one of the periods into which the night was divided for the purposes of guard duty. The link with insomnia first appears in the writings of Sir Walter Scott, who wrote in his journal for January 1826: ‘The watches of the night pass wearily when disturbed by fruitless regrets.’
Words that rhyme with watchblotch, botch, crotch, notch, outwatch, scotch, splotch, swatch, topnotch
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