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Meaning of “monitor” in the English Dictionary

"monitor" in British English

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monitornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɒn.ɪ.tər/  us   /ˈmɑː.nɪ.t̬ɚ/
  • monitor noun [C] (PERSON WHO WATCHES)

B2 a ​person who has the ​job of ​watching or ​noticingparticular things: United Nations monitors were not ​allowed to ​enter the ​area.

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  • monitor noun [C] (TESTING MACHINE)

a ​machine that ​regularlytests something: a ​radiation monitor
  • monitor noun [C] (AT SCHOOL)

a ​child in ​school who has ​specialjobs to do: the ​library monitor

monitorverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒn.ɪ.tər/  us   /ˈmɑː.nɪ.t̬ɚ/
C1 to ​watch and ​check a ​situationcarefully for a ​period of ​time in ​order to ​discover something about it: The new ​findingssuggest that women ought to monitor ​theircholesterollevels. The CIA were monitoring (= ​secretlylistening to) his ​phonecalls.

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(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"monitor" in American English

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monitornoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑn·ɪ·t̬ər/
  • monitor noun [C] (SCREEN)

a ​device with a ​screen on which words or ​pictures can be ​shown: a ​computer monitor
  • monitor noun [C] (WATCHER)

a ​person who has the ​job of ​watching or ​checkingparticular things, or a ​machine that ​regularlytests or ​records things: UnitedNations monitors were ​prevented from ​entering the ​area. A ​fetal monitor ​records an ​unborn baby’s ​heartbeat. In ​school, a monitor is a ​student with ​special duties who ​helps the ​teacher: the ​attendance monitor

monitorverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɑn·ɪ·t̬ər/
  • monitor verb [T] (WATCH)

to ​watch and ​check something ​carefully over a ​period of ​time: They ​hired an ​accountant to ​help monitor ​cashflow. The ​nurse is monitoring his ​heartrate and ​respiration.
(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"monitor" in Business English

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monitornoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɒnɪtər/
IT a ​computerscreen: Adjust your monitor if the colour does not appear quite ​right.
LAW a ​person or ​organization whose ​job is to make ​certain that something is done properly or honestly: The ​process will be watched closely during the next three ​years by an independent monitor.
IT a ​machine that ​regularly watches or ​tests and ​records something: The acoustical monitor will ​collectreal-timedata and ​filter out non-whale noises. a surveillance monitor a blood ​pressure/heart monitor

monitorverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmɒnɪtər/
to watch a ​situation carefully for a ​period of ​time in ​order to discover something about it: The ​government had ​agreed to ​allow the ​inspectors to monitor the refuelling ​process. Police ​froze his ​bankaccounts and monitored his ​ATMcard in ​case he ​tried to make a ​transaction. Comings and goings are monitored by ​security cameras.
(Definition of monitor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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