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watch

verb uk   /wɒtʃ/ us    /wɑːtʃ/

watch verb (LOOK AT)

A1 [I or T] to look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving: I had dinner and watched TV for a couple of hours. He spent the entire afternoon watching a cricket match. [+ obj + infinitive without to ] I watched him get into a taxi. I got the feeling I was being watched. [+ obj + -ing verb ] I sit by the window and watch people walking past. [+ question word] Just watch how he slides that ball in past the goalkeeper. Bonner watched helplessly as the ball sneaked in at the near post. She'll pretend that she hasn't seen us - you watch. [T] to stay with someone or something, such as a child, for a short time to make certain that he, she, or it is safe: If you want me to watch the kids for a couple of hours while you go out, just let me know. Could you watch my bags for me, while I go to the toilet?
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watch verb (BE CAREFUL)

B2 [T] to be careful of something: I have to watch my weight (= be careful not to become too heavy) now I'm not doing so much sport. Watch your language (= do not use rude words) in front of ladies, young man! [+ (that)] Watch (that) you don't get glue on your fingers, won't you? [+ question word] Watch what you're doing with that knife, Jim, it's sharp. You want to (= you should) watch him - he's a bit of a strange character.
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  • You need to watch those car dealers.
  • Watch the mosquitos - they can give you a nasty bite.
  • Watch what you're doing with that stick!.

watch

noun uk   /wɒtʃ/ us    /wɑːtʃ/

watch noun (SMALL CLOCK)

A1 [C] a small clock that is worn on a strap around the wrist or, sometimes, connected to a piece of clothing by a chain: My watch seems to have stopped (= stopped working). He glanced nervously at his watch.
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watch noun (LOOKING)

[S or U] the activity of watching or giving attention to something or someone, especially to make certain nothing bad happens: Once your name has been linked with a drug offence, the police keep a close watch on you. The soldiers slept at night, except for one who stayed awake on watch/to keep watch. [S] a person or group of soldiers or guards whose duty is to protect a person, place, or thing from danger or attack [C] a fixed period of time during which a person or a group of soldiers or guards has the duty of protecting and warning of danger
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