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verb American English pronunciation: watch /wɑtʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theywatch
he/she/itwatches
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 presidential 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 airplanes 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 show or sports event, usually from the beginning to the end

      Our kids watch videos only on 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  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 that the ball doesn't go into the street.

  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?

    Dennis is going to watch the kids tonight while I'm out.

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