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English definition of “watchful”

watchful

adjective uk   /ˈwɒtʃ.fəl/ us    /ˈwɑːtʃ-/
paying careful attention and ready to deal with problems: Under the watchful eye of their mother, the two boys played on the shore. She keeps a watchful eye on her husband to see that he behaves himself.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
watchfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Slowly and watchfully they walked around the perimeter of the clearing.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
watchfulness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
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