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surveiller

Translation of surveiller in English:

verbe transitif

  • 2 (exercer une surveillance sur)
    to keep watch on, to keep [somebody/something] under surveillance (adversaire, bâtiment)
    surveiller les mouvements de quelqu'un
    to keep watch on somebody's movements
    surveiller un suspect
    to keep a suspect under surveillance ou observation
    il surveille ses employés
    he keeps a close eye on his employees
    c'est ton tour de surveiller
    it's your turn to keep watch
  • 5 (veiller à) surveiller son langage/sa ligne/sa tension
    to watch one's language/one's figure/one's blood pressure
    surveiller sa santé
    to take care of one's health

also: se surveiller verbe pronominal

  • to watch oneself
    tu devrais te surveiller si tu ne veux pas reprendre du poids
    you'd better watch yourself if you don't want to put on weight again
    avec eux, il faut sans cesse se surveiller
    with them, you have to be on your best behaviour (british)

Idioms

surveiller comme le lait sur le feu

to watch like a hawk

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