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1 watch /ˈwɑːtʃ/ verb
watches; watched; watching
1 watch
/ˈwɑːtʃ/
verb
watches; watched; watching
Learner's definition of WATCH
: to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening
[+ object]
[no object]
: to give your attention to (a situation, an event, etc.)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to care for (someone or something) for a period of time in order to make sure that nothing bad or unwanted happens
[+ object]
: to try to control (something)
: to be careful about (something) usually used in commands
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to make sure that something bad or unwanted does not happen
often used in commands

a watched pot never boils

see 1boil

watch for

[phrasal verb]
watch for (someone or something) : to look for (someone or something that you expect to see)
watch for (something) : to look for (something that you want to get or use)

watch it

informal
used to tell someone to be careful

watch out

[phrasal verb]
: to be aware of something dangerous
often + for

watch over

[phrasal verb]
watch over (someone or something)
: to take care of (someone or something)

watch (someone or something) like a hawk

see 1hawk

watch someone's back

see 1back

watch your back

see 1back

watch your p's and q's

see 1p

watch your step

see 1step

you watch

informal
used to tell someone that you think something will probably happen
2 watch /ˈwɑːtʃ/ noun
plural watches
2 watch
/ˈwɑːtʃ/
noun
plural watches
Learner's definition of WATCH
[count] : a device that shows what time it is and that you wear on your wrist or carry in a pocket compare clock; see also stopwatch, wristwatch
: the act of giving your attention to someone or something especially in order to make sure that nothing bad or unwanted happens
[singular]
usually + on or over
[noncount]
[singular] : the act of looking for someone or something that you expect to see : the act of regularly checking to see if someone has arrived or if something has appeared or happened
see also whale watch
: a period of time when a person or group is responsible for guarding or protecting someone or something
[count]
usually singular
[noncount]
[count] : a group of people who guard or protect someone or something for a period of time usually singular
see also neighborhood watch
[count] : the period of time during which someone is in charge of something usually singular
[count] US : a quick announcement from an official source which tells people that severe weather conditions could occur very soon usually singular
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