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watchnoun

 us   /wɑtʃ, wɔtʃ/
  • watch noun (SMALL CLOCK)

[C] a ​smallclock usually ​worn on a ​strap around the ​wrist, or sometimes ​carried in a ​pocket: She ​looked at her watch and said, "It’s a ​quarter to five."
  • watch noun (LOOKING AT)

[C/U] an ​act of guarding someone or something to make ​sure the ​person or ​propertystayssafe and in the ​rightplace: [U] The ​prisonguardskept a ​close watch on him.
[C/U] Watch is also a ​period during which someone is ​responsible for guarding or ​looking around to be ​sure that ​property or ​people are ​safe, or the ​person who is ​responsible: [C] The ​soldiers on the ​night watch had to be ​careful not to ​fallasleep.

watchverb

 us   /wɑtʃ, wɔtʃ/
  • watch verb (LOOK AT)

to ​look at something for a ​period of ​time: [T] He ​spent the ​evening watching an ​oldmovie on TV. [+ to infinitive] The ​police were watching to ​see who ​left the ​house. [T] Do you ​want me to watch the ​kids (= ​notice what they are doing and ​care for them) when you go out?
  • watch verb (BE CAREFUL)

[T] to be ​careful of something: We have to watch ​ourbankaccount to make ​sure there’s enough ​money in it to ​payourcreditcardbills. I’ve got to ​start watching my ​weight (= be ​careful not to ​becomefat). The ​sign says "Watch for (= be ​careful of)fallingrocks."
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"watch" in British English

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watchverb

uk   /wɒtʃ/  us   /wɑːtʃ/
  • watch verb (LOOK AT)

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 ​entireafternoon watching a ​cricketmatch. [+ obj + infinitive without to ] I watched him get into a ​cab. I got the ​feeling I was being watched. [+ obj + -ing verb ] I ​sit by the ​window and watch ​peoplewalking past. [+ question word] Just watch how he ​slides that ​ball in past the ​goalkeeper. Bonner watched ​helplessly as they ​drove away without him. She'll ​pretend that she hasn't ​seen us - you watch.
[T] to ​stay with someone or something, such as a ​child, for a ​shorttime 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?

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  • watch verb (BE CAREFUL)

B2 [T] to be ​careful of something: I have to watch my weight (= be ​careful not to ​become too ​heavy) now I'm not ​exercising so much. Watch ​yourlanguage (= do not use ​rude words), ​young man! [+ (that)] Watch (that) you don't get ​glue on ​yourfingers. [+ question word] Watch what you're doing with that ​knife, Jim, it's ​sharp. You need to watch him - he's a ​strangecharacter.

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  • You need to watch those ​cardealers.
  • Watch the mosquitos - they can give you a ​nastybite.
  • Watch what you're doing with that ​stick!.

watchnoun

uk   /wɒtʃ/  us   /wɑːtʃ/
  • watch noun (SMALL CLOCK)

A1 [C] a ​smallclock that is ​worn on a ​strap around the ​wrist or, sometimes, ​connected to a ​piece of ​clothing by a ​chain: My watch ​seems to have ​stopped (= ​stoppedworking). He ​glancednervously at his watch.

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  • watch noun (LOOKING)

[S or U] the ​activity of watching or giving ​attention to something or someone, ​especially to make ​certain nothing ​badhappens: The ​police keep a ​close watch ongangmembers. The ​soldiersslept at ​night, except for one who ​stayedawake on watch/to keep watch.
[S] a ​person or ​group of ​soldiers or ​guards whose ​duty is to ​protect a ​person, ​place, or thing from ​danger or ​attack
[C] a ​particularperiod of ​time during which a ​person or a ​group of ​soldiers or ​guards has the ​duty of ​protecting and ​warning of ​danger: the ​night watch

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