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verb     watch pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlewatching
past tensewatched
past participlewatched
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to look at someone or something for a period of time

    Have you been watching the election campaign?

    watch someone/something do something:

    Jill watched the children build sandcastles.

    From the hill you can watch the planes take off.

    watch someone/something doing something:

    We arrived early to watch the players warming up.

    watch how/who/what etc:

    Watch how well she handles the ball.

    watch with interest/amusement/fascination etc:

    A vicious-looking dog was watching us with interest.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to look at something such as a television programme or sports event, usually from the beginning to the end

      Our kids only watch videos at weekends.

      Did you watch the news last night?

    2. b.
      [transitive] to secretly look at someone or something for a period of time, especially because you want to get information or to do something illegal

      I think our house is being watched.

    3. c.
      [transitive] [always in imperative] spoken used for telling someone to look at you while you do something

      Watch what I can do.

      Watch me!

    See also look
  2. 2
    [transitive] to be careful of something

    Watch the knife! It’s sharp!

    watch how/who/what etc:

    You should watch what you say about my friends.

    watch (that):

    Watch you don’t get your bag stolen.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to take care of a child, an animal, or someone’s property for a short time and make sure that nothing harms it

    Can you please watch my bag while I make a phone call?

    Could you just watch the baby for a minute?

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    be one to watch have great potential, be most likely to succeed in the future

    For someone so young, he has already made a name for himself and is one to watch closely.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 10/11/2015
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