Watch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Watched p. pr. & vb. n. Watching.]
1. To give heed to; to observe the actions or motions of, for any purpose; to keep in view; not to lose from sight and observation; as, to watch the progress of a bill in the legislature.
Saul also sent messengers unto David's house to watch him, and to slay him. --1 Sam. xix. 11
I must cool a little, and watch my opportunity. --Landor.
In lazy mood I watched the little circles die. --Longfellow.
2. To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
And flaming ministers, to watch and tend
Their earthy charge. --Milton.
Paris watched the flocks in the groves of Ida. --Broome.
n : the act of observing; taking a patient look [syn: observation,