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verb watch pronunciation in British English /wɒtʃ/
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present tense
present participlewatching
past tensewatched
past participlewatched
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to look at someone or something for a period of time
    Have you been watching the election campaign?
    Tourists watched quietly as the villagers performed a traditional dance.
    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?
      Millions watched the match on television.
    2. 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 look1
  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 someones 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?


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