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noun     watch pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a small clock that you carry with you, usually on your wrist

    Joseph glanced at his watch and saw that he was late.

  2. 2
    [countable] an organization that continuously watches something to make sure that bad things do not happen
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a period of time when someone is responsible for watching a situation, so that they can warn others if there is any danger

      I’m not tired; I’ll take the first watch.

      on watch:

      Who was on watch at the time?

    2. b.
      [countable] a group of people whose job is to guard something

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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