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watch

verb (LOOK AT)    /wɒtʃ/ US  /wɑːtʃ/
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.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive [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?Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving Grammar:Look at, see or watch?See moreGrammar:Look atWhen we look at something, we direct our eyes in its direction and pay attention to it:See moreGrammar:SeeSee means noticing something using our eyes. The past simple form is saw and the -ed form is seen:See moreGrammar:Watch as a verbWatch is similar to look at, but it usually means that we look at something for a period of time, especially something that is changing or moving:See moreGrammar:Look at, see or watch: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of watch verb (LOOK AT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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