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Synonyms for watch

look at


spy on


be careful about


watch out for something or someone


  • keep a sharp lookout for
  • look out for
  • be alert for
  • be on the alert for
  • keep your eyes open for
  • be on your guard for
  • be on (the) watch for
  • be vigilant for
  • keep a weather eye open for
  • be watchful for
  • keep your eyes peeled or skinned for

watch out or watch it or watch yourself


  • be careful
  • look out
  • be wary
  • be alert
  • be on the lookout
  • be vigilant
  • take heed
  • have a care
  • be on the alert
  • watch yourself
  • keep your eyes open
  • be watchful
  • be on your guard
  • mind out
  • be on (the) watch
  • keep a sharp lookout
  • keep a weather eye open
  • keep your eyes peeled or skinned
  • pay attention

watch over something or someone: look after



Synonyms for watch

to look at or on attentively or carefully

to have the care and supervision of

watch out: to be careful

watch over: to direct and watch over the work and performance of others

the act of observing, often for an extended time

the act of carefully watching

a person or special body of persons assigned to provide protection or keep watch over, for example

a limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity

a watch over the body of a dead person before burial


Synonyms for watch

a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

observe with attention


Related Words

find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

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Some neighbors like Alberto Preciado preferred to keep an eye out for suspicious activity through a window inside his home and by occasionally opening up his garage door and keeping watch.
Public Defender Ken Clayman said his office had not made any requests for DNA testing since the program began last month, but that his attorneys were keeping watch for such cases.
Sheriff's officials said they conducted additional patrols in the area and were keeping watch for anyone who matched the boy's description.
But owners are keeping watch on developments, he said.
Other suspects were found in nearby cars, apparently keeping watch for police, officials said.