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English noun: watch

1. watch (artifact) a small portable timepiece


Synonymsticker


Broader (hypernym)horologe, timekeeper, timepiece


Narrower (hyponym)analog watch, digital watch, hunter, hunting watch, pendulum watch, pocket watch, stem-winder, wrist watch, wristwatch


Part holonymcrystal, face, movement, watch case, watch crystal, watch glass

2. watch (time) a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty


Broader (hypernym)duty period, shift, work shift


Narrower (hyponym)dogwatch, graveyard watch, middle watch, midwatch, night watch

3. watch (act) a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe


Synonymsvigil


Broader (hypernym)surveillance


Narrower (hyponym)continuous receiver watch, listening watch, spying

4. watch (time) the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

5. watch (person) a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event


Synonymslookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter


Broader (hypernym)security guard, watcher, watchman

6. watch (act) the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)


Synonymsvigil


Broader (hypernym)religious rite, rite


Narrower (hyponym)agrypnia, viewing, wake


Domain categoryfaith, religion, religious belief


English verb: watch

1. watch (perception) look attentively


SamplesWatch a basketball game.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)catch, observe, rubberneck, see, take in, view, watch, witness


Entaillook

2. watch (social) follow with the eyes or the mind


SamplesKeep an eye on the baby, please!.
The world is watching Sarajevo.
She followed the men with the binoculars.


ExamplesThe children watch the ball


Synonymsfollow, keep an eye on, observe, watch over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out


Narrower (hyponym)guard, invigilate, keep tabs on, proctor


Verb groupfollow, trace

3. watch (perception) see or watch


SamplesView a show on television.
This program will be seen all over the world.
View an exhibition.
Catch a show on Broadway.
See a movie.


ExamplesSam and Sue watch the movie


Synonymscatch, see, take in, view


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)watch


Narrower (hyponym)preview, spectate, visualise, visualize


Verb groupsee

4. watch (perception) observe with attention


SamplesThey watched as the murderer was executed.


Synonymslook on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)sit back, sit by


Entailsee

5. watch (perception) be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful


SamplesWatch out for pickpockets!.


ExamplesThe men watch the area for animals , The men watch for animals in the area


Synonymslook out, watch out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)beware, keep one's eyes open, keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned, look after, mind

6. watch (perception) observe or determine by looking


SamplesWatch how the dog chases the cats away.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

7. watch (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort


SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.


ExamplesThey watch whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymsascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)test


Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it









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