Meaning of “watchful” in the English Dictionary

"watchful" in British English

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uk /ˈwɒtʃ.fəl/ us /ˈwɑːtʃ.fəl/
adverb uk /ˈwɒtʃ.fəl.i/ us /ˈwɑːtʃ.fəl.i/

Slowly and watchfully they walked around the perimeter of the clearing.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈwɒtʃ.fəl.nəs/ us /ˈwɑːtʃ.fəl.nəs/

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

"watchful" in American English

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us /ˈwɑtʃ·fəl, ˈwɔtʃ-/

giving careful attention so as to notice what is happening and be prepared for something that might happen:

If you invest heavily in the stock market, you have to stay watchful and be ready to move your money quickly.

(Definition of “watchful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)