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English noun: watch

1. watch (artifact) a small portable timepiece


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


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)


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


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


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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