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watch

noun  us   /wɑtʃ, wɔtʃ/

watch noun (SMALL CLOCK)

[C] a small clock usually worn on a strap around the wrist, or sometimes carried in a pocket: She looked at her watch and said, "It’s a quarter to five."

watch noun (LOOKING AT)

[C/U] an act of guarding someone or something to make sure the person or property stays safe and in the right place: [U] The prison guards kept a close watch on him. [C/U] Watch is also a period during which someone is responsible for guarding or looking around to be sure that property or people are safe, or the person who is responsible: [C] The soldiers on the night watch had to be careful not to fall asleep.

watch

verb  us   /wɑtʃ, wɔtʃ/

watch verb (LOOK AT)

to look at something for a period of time: [T] He spent the evening watching an old movie on TV. [+ to infinitive] The police were watching to see who left the house. [T] Do you want me to watch the kids (= notice what they are doing and care for them) when you go out?

watch verb (BE CAREFUL)

[T] to be careful of something: We have to watch our bank account to make sure there’s enough money in it to pay our credit card bills. I’ve got to start watching my weight (= be careful not to become fat). The sign says "Watch for (= be careful of) falling rocks."
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