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English definition of “watch”

watch

noun (LOOKING)    /wɒtʃ/ US  /wɑːtʃ/
[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.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive [S] a person or group of soldiers or guards whose duty is to protect a person, place, or thing from danger or attackProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issuesParts of armies and groups of servicemen [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 dangerDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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