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noun advertency, alertness, attention, charge, concern, custody, guard, heed, inspection, lookout, observation, oversight, precaution, regard, safekeeping, sentinel, sentry, shift, spell of work, supervision, surveillance, view, vigil, vigilance, ward, watchfulness

watch

verb attend, be a spectator, be careful, be cauuious of, be closely observant, be on guard, be on the alert, be on the lookout, behold, contemplate, espy, eye, gaze at, guard, heed, inspect, keep under observation, look after, look at, mark, mind, monitor, not lose sight of, note, notice, observe, oversee, pay attention to, peer, perceive, police, preserve, regard, safeguard, scan, scrutinize, stare at, survey, take care, take care of, tend, view, witness
See also: care, charge, check, concern, custody, examine, harbor, heed, monitor, note, notice, observation, observe, oversee, patrol, peruse, police, precaution, preserve, regard, safekeeping, scrutinize, spy, superintend, supervision, surveillance, survey, ward, witness

WATCH, police. To watch is, properly speaking, to stand sentry and attend guard during the night time: certain officers called watchmen are appointed in most of the United States, whose duty it is to arrest all persons who are violating the law, or breaking the peace. (q.v.) Vide 1 Bl. Com. 356; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 14, 20.

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Suspicious neighbours David and Diane Cairns, kept watch for hours from behind their curtains and repeatedly updated police.
Two nurses were said to have had sex in a cupboard at Falkirk Royal Infirmary while the third kept watch outside.
JUBILANT England fans left the stadium peacefully last night as police kept watch.
A Convicted paedophile who strangled a man in his home while undercover police kept watch outside was jailed for life yesterday.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still, we both shivered and shook from the cold night's chill.
Marcus kept watch on the set, and lined up distribution for release in late 2003.
As mounted sheriff's deputies kept watch over the vendors - hawking art, clothing and leather goods in tents and wooden buildings - a lasso-wielding man on stilts entertained the crowd.