Definition of watchful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwäCHfəl/


1Watching or observing 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.
1.1 archaic Wakeful; sleepless.



Pronunciation: /ˈwäCHfəlē/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈwäCHfəlnəs/
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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Syllabification: watch·ful

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