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A pocketwatch (1)
A wristwatch (1)

Pronunciation

Etymology

Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæċċan, wæċċe.

Noun

Singular
watch

Plural
es

watch (es)
  1. A portable or wearable timepiece.
    More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.
  2. A particular time period when guarding is kept.
    The second watch of the night began at midnight.
  3. A person or group of people who guard.
    The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.
  4. (nautical) A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
  5. (nautical) A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501).

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Verb

Infinitive
to watch

Third person singular
watch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to watch (third-person singular simple present watch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To look at, see, or view for a period of time.
    Watching the clock will not make time go faster.
    I'm tired of watching TV.
  2. To observe something over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.
    Watch this!
    Put a little baking soda in some vinegar and watch what happens.
  3. To mind, attend, or guard.
    Please watch my suitcase for a minute.
    He has to watch the kids that afternoon.
  4. To be wary or cautious of someone or something.
    You should watch that guy. He has a reputation for lying.
    Watch your step.

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