Adjective "watched" definition and examples

(Watched may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/wɒtʃ/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Look at or observe attentively over a period of time.
  1. no object 'as she watched, two women came into the garden'
  2. 'The match was watched by a crowd of 5,090 and an Oldham player was sent off in the second half.'
  3. 'Greg moved back, watching intently to see what could happen.'
  4. 'For a brief moment all the fighting stopped as everyone watched one of the infantry barracks go up in a great ball of fire.'
  5. 'Lying on the couch watching television, Denise's cordless phone began to ring.'
  6. 'They were sitting side by side on her couch watching reruns of an old show.'
  7. 'As they watched in silence, a pillow suddenly hit Chasity in the face.'
  8. 'He dodged, and then watched in amazement as it bounced off a tree but did not shatter.'
  9. 'As soon as they reached a safe place to stand, everyone stopped and watched her.'
  10. 'I watch with thinly veiled amusement as he insistently taps her on the shoulder.'
  11. 'The crowd then watched in amazement as he freed himself in six and a half minutes.'
  12. 'there aren't enough staff to watch him properly'
  13. 'In her youth, Elizabeth had been watched over by her tyrannical father.'
  14. 'A third robber, carrying a firearm, watched over him while the others continued the raid.'
  15. 'They were watched over by several hundred police officers, but no incidents were reported.'
  16. 'All the inmates had to be protected and watched over, and any problems that arose would have to be sorted out at once.'
  17. 'The box, which appeared to be designed for air freight, was also watched over by a uniformed guard.'
  18. 'The staff did their job down to the final detail, as their supervisor watched over them like a warden on an inmate.'
  19. 'Richard, the owner, is on patrol duty and he watches the women protectively.'
  20. 'She felt she knew him, knew him intimately, that he personally protected her and watched over her.'
  21. 'I guess I can rest a while, with you here to watch over me'
  22. 'And I'm watching very closely to see if that's a real worry.'
  23. 'We will be watching them very closely as we value our green open land and believe this could be phase two of the development.'
  24. 'So they will be watching very closely what the United States and other parties do.'
  25. 'Big food firms are watching developments with keen interest.'
  26. 'Personally, I'm not terribly shocked by any of this yet, but I'll be watching the fall-out with interest.'
  27. 'The South African government is watching developments in Zimbabwe closely.'
  28. 'We'll be watching that report and watching that decision as closely as we can, reading through it.'
  29. 'So news of his consultations with the Chinese leadership was closely watched.'
  30. 'It's going to be interesting to watch her development this summer in Golden.'
  31. 'As such, the inflationary situation needs to be watched closely and there could be no room for complacency on this count.'
Exercise care, caution, or restraint about.
  1. with clause 'you should watch what you say!'
  2. 'Although I watched my diet and ate healthfully, I never deprived myself of any foods.'
  3. 'They have begun to watch their diet by restricting the amount of fat they eat.'
  4. 'Your mom is skinny like you and you always complain how she watches her diet so she doesn't gain weight.'
  5. 'There aren't many people who have extra weight that workout/exercise regularly and watch their intake.'
  6. 'She says she also watched her diet and took milk thistle, and that she continues those practices today.'
  7. 'Be sure to watch your diet, the following nutrition tips might help reduce the problems.'
  8. 'The athletes were instructed to watch their diet and abstain from the debilitations of sex.'
  9. 'If you start watching your diet along with exercising, you're sure to see changes in your figure.'
  10. 'I have been drinking it ever since, in addition to watching my diet and cutting out shellfish.'
  11. 'When I first moved out here I lost a bunch of weight by biking to work and watching my diet.'
  12. 'watch out for broken glass'
  13. 'He warily watches for signs of excessive consumption and hasn't had to crack down too hard yet.'
  14. 'We will continue to do what we have been doing for the last 12 years, which is watching for missiles and tracking objects in orbit.'
  15. 'Patrick spun around twice, three times, waiting, watching for the next attack.'
  16. 'Her medical condition means she has to swim with an observer on the poolside, watching for the first sign of any fit or seizure.'
  17. 'Desperate to attract talent, they will be watching for a surge in would-be spies.'
  18. 'I'd wait patiently, watching for a movement that would allow me to get it in my binoculars.'
  19. 'We are watching for the colder air to come over the warmer waters of the Great Lakes.'
  20. 'credit-card fraud is on the increase, so watch out'
  21. 'They have to watch out and be really careful.'
  22. 'I should watch out though, after a few days of nerves I'm suddenly filled with a good feeling.'
  23. 'We'd suggest Lisa checks her locks and tells her friends to watch out.'
  24. 'But he warned pranksters to watch out as the fire service was taking action to cut figures by a further five per cent each year.'
  25. 'Those doing sedentary jobs watch out - you are eating more calories than you expend during the day.'
  26. 'if anyone finds out, you're dead meat, so watch it'
Remain awake for the purpose of religious observance.

    noun

    A small timepiece worn typically on a strap on one's wrist.
    1. 'Digital alarm clocks and watches operate weirdly and are often indecipherable.'
    2. 'He pulled his left arm away from her and checked the gleaming silver watch on his wrist.'
    3. 'They stole necklaces from around the necks of women, watches from around their wrists, money and mobile phones from their bags.'
    4. 'I bought a digital watch for the first time in years because I was so struck with the phenomenon.'
    5. 'He strapped on his watch, so he'd take note of the time all day, and finally reached for his cell phone.'
    6. 'Figuring things could go only one way from there, they immediately stopped their watches.'
    7. 'A safe was forced open and a very large quantity of antique gold watches were stolen.'
    8. 'Is it coincidence that our generation is infatuated with digital watches and clocks?'
    9. 'He has two watches on his left wrist, one looks expensive and keeps normal time, the other is digital and keeps training time.'
    10. 'Today we calibrate our watches with atomic clocks, but back then there was no timepiece more reliable than the rotating Earth itself.'
    An act or instance of carefully observing someone or something over a period of time.
    1. 'My husband and I both keep quite a careful watch over what we will have to live on when we retire.'
    2. 'I want to raise one or two other things just as examples to assure the House that I have been keeping a close watch on its concerns.'
    3. 'The Ottoman court in Istanbul was clearly keeping a close watch on developments in the western Atlantic.'
    4. 'Some medicines can be used during pregnancy if the doctor keeps a careful watch on the mother.'
    5. 'They kept a vigilant watch at the back but had to be on guard against the counter.'
    6. 'Medical staff are maintaining a close watch on the patient and his family are keeping a constant presence at his bedside.'
    7. 'I keep a vigilant watch but did not see any crimes being committed or miscreants around the premises.'
    8. 'Instruction has been given to keep a close watch on the patient and to take necessary preventive measures if necessary.'
    9. 'As always he kept a careful watch on David as he poked around the store, Craig had little trust in him.'
    10. 'He still kept a vigilant watch on him throughout the entire evening.'
    11. 'Murray took the last watch before dawn'
    12. 'Another of the Scarlet mages who slew the Azure ones is camped very close to me, and had the dawn watch.'
    13. 'He blinked, his foggy vision slowly clearing, and stood, realizing that the last watch of the night was over, and the king was awake.'
    14. 'Both of them would take a watch during the night, and would report anything strange to her at once.'
    15. 'He glanced at his wrist chrono and saw that it was already about an hour into the next watch.'
    16. 'the men of Red Watch at Kingsland Fire Station'
    17. 'the woman, with a piercing shriek, called the watch'
    A film or programme considered in terms of its appeal to the public.
    1. 'The winner of this year's Sundance Festival is edgy and no easy watch.'
    2. 'The two earlier titles are a better watch than that film and Hours has its own not-too-stylish dark charm.'
    3. 'Much like the deleted scenes, this feature is actually pretty funny and a worthwhile watch.'
    4. 'In the end, the strength of the performances sustains interest sufficiently to make it a worthwhile watch.'
    A flock of nightingales.
    1. 'A habitat for a watch of nightingales could be created in Essex.'

    More definitions

    1. to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed.

    2. to look or wait attentively and expectantly (usually followed by for): to watch for a signal; to watch for an opportunity.

    3. to be careful or cautious: Watch when you cross the street.

    4. to keep awake, especially for a purpose; remain vigilant, as for protection or safekeeping: to watch with a sick person

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be watched in deals."

    "people can be watched from managers."

    "meetings can be watched by operators."

    "indexes can be watched."

    "surveys can be watched."

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    Origin

    (watch)Old English wæcce ‘watchfulness’, wæccende ‘remaining awake’; related to wake. The sense ‘small timepiece’ probably developed by way of a sense ‘alarm device attached to a clock’.

    Phrase

    be on the watch
    keep watch
    watch one's (or someone's) back
    the watches of the night
    watch one's step
    watch the time
    watch the world go by