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If in 1989 I said, 'I have an idea: Bottle water and sell it. And charge more than a beer,' they would have chased me around with a giant butterfly net. The same with paying to watch a television station.
Adam Carolla

Meaning of "watch" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WATCH

Old English wæccan (vb), wæcce (n); related to wake1.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WATCH

watch  [wɒtʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WATCH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Watch is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb watch in English.

WHAT DOES WATCH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

watch

Watch

A watch is a timepiece, mainly and typically worn either around the wrist - a wristwatch - or attached to a watch chain and carried in a pocket - a pocket watch. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which appeared as early as the 15th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical, driven by clockwork. As technology progressed, mechanical devices, used to control the speed of the watch, were largely superseded by vibrating quartz crystals, producing accurately timed electronic pulses. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970. In the 1920s, pocket watches were more popular than wristwatches. Most inexpensive and medium-priced watches, used mainly for timekeeping, are electronic watches with quartz movements. Expensive collectible watches, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have purely mechanical movements and are powered by springs, even though mechanical movements are generally less accurate and more expensive than electronic movements.

Definition of watch in the English dictionary

The first definition of watch in the dictionary is to look at or observe closely or attentively. Other definition of watch is foll by for to wait attentively or expectantly. Watch is also to guard or tend closely or carefully.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WATCH

PRESENT

Present
I watch
you watch
he/she/it watches
we watch
you watch
they watch
Present continuous
I am watching
you are watching
he/she/it is watching
we are watching
you are watching
they are watching
Present perfect
I have watched
you have watched
he/she/it has watched
we have watched
you have watched
they have watched
Present perfect continuous
I have been watching
you have been watching
he/she/it has been watching
we have been watching
you have been watching
they have been watching
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I watched
you watched
he/she/it watched
we watched
you watched
they watched
Past continuous
I was watching
you were watching
he/she/it was watching
we were watching
you were watching
they were watching
Past perfect
I had watched
you had watched
he/she/it had watched
we had watched
you had watched
they had watched
Past perfect continuous
I had been watching
you had been watching
he/she/it had been watching
we had been watching
you had been watching
they had been watching
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will watch
you will watch
he/she/it will watch
we will watch
you will watch
they will watch
Future continuous
I will be watching
you will be watching
he/she/it will be watching
we will be watching
you will be watching
they will be watching
Future perfect
I will have watched
you will have watched
he/she/it will have watched
we will have watched
you will have watched
they will have watched
Future perfect continuous
I will have been watching
you will have been watching
he/she/it will have been watching
we will have been watching
you will have been watching
they will have been watching
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would watch
you would watch
he/she/it would watch
we would watch
you would watch
they would watch
Conditional continuous
I would be watching
you would be watching
he/she/it would be watching
we would be watching
you would be watching
they would be watching
Conditional perfect
I would have watch
you would have watch
he/she/it would have watch
we would have watch
you would have watch
they would have watch
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been watching
you would have been watching
he/she/it would have been watching
we would have been watching
you would have been watching
they would have been watching
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you watch
we let´s watch
you watch
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to watch
Past participle
watched
Present Participle
watching
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WATCH


birdwatch
ˈbɜːdˌwɒtʃ
blotch
blɒtʃ
botch
bɒtʃ
butterscotch
ˈbʌtəˌskɒtʃ
crotch
krɒtʃ
deathwatch
ˈdɛθˌwɒtʃ
dogwatch
ˈdɒɡˌwɒtʃ
hopscotch
ˈhɒpˌskɒtʃ
hotch
hɒtʃ
hotchpotch
ˈhɒtʃˌpɒtʃ
notch
nɒtʃ
overwatch
ˌəʊvəˈwɒtʃ
potch
pɒtʃ
rotch
rɒtʃ
scotch
skɒtʃ
splotch
splɒtʃ
stopwatch
ˈstɒpˌwɒtʃ
swatch
swɒtʃ
top-notch
ˈtɒpˈnɒtʃ
wristwatch
ˈrɪstˌwɒtʃ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WATCH

watap
watch cap
watch chain
Watch Committee
watch fire
watch it!
watch night
watch night service
watch one´s step
watch out
watch pocket
watch stem
watch-glass
watchable
watchband
watchbox
watchcase
watchcry
watchdog
watchdog committee

WORDS THAT END LIKE WATCH

a bad patch
batch
catch
despatch
dispatch
fob watch
football match
from scratch
hatch
home match
latch
match
mismatch
mix-and-match
officer of the watch
on the watch
patch
rematch
scratch
snatch

Synonyms and antonyms of watch in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WATCH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «watch» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of watch

Translation of «watch» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WATCH

Find out the translation of watch to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of watch from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «watch» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

手表
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

reloj
570 millions of speakers

English

watch
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घड़ी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سَاعَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

наручные часы
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

relógio
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঘড়ি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

montre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menonton
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Armbanduhr
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

腕時計
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

시계
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nonton
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đồng hồ đeo tay
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பார்க்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पहा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

izlemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

orologio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zegarek
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

годинник
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ceas de mână
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ρολόι χειρός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kyk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

klocka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

klokke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of watch

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WATCH»

The term «watch» is very widely used and occupies the 404 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WATCH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about watch

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10 QUOTES WITH «WATCH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word watch.
1
Dorothy Allison
Watch out, or I'm liable to put you in a story.
2
Drew Barrymore
There's a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I've got to see my friends 'cause I'm too content being by myself.
3
Coby Bell
I watch a lot of NBA basketball, especially with the playoffs.
4
Bert Blyleven
I love baseball. I love watching baseball. As a broadcaster, I get to watch the best 700 players put on the uniform year after year. That, to me, is exciting.
5
Wernher von Braun
For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.
6
Ewen Bremner
If I watch something, I want to be wondering what is going to happen next; I want to be engaged in a way that makes me ask questions and think about how I can relate myself to the characters and the issues that are there. But if it's just fluff, and everything is spelt out, I find it difficult to concentrate.
7
Dyan Cannon
Have you ever noticed when you start getting happy, you say, uh-uh, I'd better watch out. I feel too good. Something's going to happen.
8
Adam Carolla
If in 1989 I said, 'I have an idea: Bottle water and sell it. And charge more than a beer,' they would have chased me around with a giant butterfly net. The same with paying to watch a television station.
9
Kacy Catanzaro
My dad and I used to watch 'Ninja Warrior' all the time back when it was in Japan. I would always say, 'I could do that,' kind of joking, but obviously kind of serious.
10
Bradley Cooper
There are certain actors you watch in a movie, and you think, 'Wow, that guy is very skilled.'

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WATCH»

Discover the use of watch in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to watch and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Night Watch
Even as the Night Watch polices the Dark Others--among them vampires, witches and shape-shifters--a chain of mysterious events triggers a dreaded, age-old prophecy: An immortal with special powers will come to switch sides, shattering the ...
Sergei Lukyanenko, 2009
2
The Watch: A Novel
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel, The Watch, takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan.
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, 2012
3
Watch Me
She thinks she has nothing to hide… Ally has everything under control.
Lauren Barnholdt, 2011
4
Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses
Reveals the complete story of the superstar rock group Guns N' Roses and its front man, W. Axl Rose, profiling each member of the band and their turbulent history from the group's 1980s origins to its rise to the heights of the music world.
Stephen Davis, 2008
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Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment
This collection of essays examines the many facets of violence in contemporary American culture, ranging across literature, film, philosophy, photojournalism and other media.
Jeffrey H. Goldstein, 1998
6
The Book Thief
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
Markus Zusak, 2007
7
Red Watch: A True Story
Dramatically described and faithfully recounted, the story is one of raw courage and determination and a compulsory read for fire service historians and enthusiasts alike.
Gordon Honeycombe, 2007
8
Night Watch
One moment, Sir Sam Vimes is in his old patrolman form, chasing a sweet-talking psychopath across the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork.
Terry Pratchett, 2009
9
Night Watch
One of the funniest plays ever seen on Broadway, with a warm and affectionate quality that is rare in comedies.
Lucille Fletcher, 1972
10
Richard Brown's Replica Watch Report
Detailed descriptions and over 500 photographs are provided to aid in spotting replica watches. This book provides the tools to inform people how to spot fraud on sites such as eBay, and allow them to purchase watches safely online.
Richard Brown, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WATCH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term watch is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The Apple Watch is coming to Best Buy in August
Apple will start making the Apple Watch more easily available outside of its own stores in the US this August, as Best Buy becomes the first major retail partner to ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
2
Apple Waits as App Developers Study Who's Buying Its Watch
SAN FRANCISCO — In the months surrounding the much-ballyhooed release of the Apple Watch, Apple managers courted Facebook in the hopes that the ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
3
My Week Without Apple Watch
I've been wearing the watch all day, every day since April 1, and I shared my thoughts about my first week with it here. (Here is Re/code's Walt Mossberg on his ... «Re/code, Jul 15»
4
Exclusive: Apple mines big profits from Watch band
The ever-secretive company has yet to release how many units of the watch it has ... But if the band purchases are any indication, sales of the watch itself are just ... «Reuters, Jun 15»
5
Watch Fans React to 'Game of Thrones' Shocking Season Finale …
This post contains spoilers. Sunday night's Season Five finale of Game of Thrones found Valar morghulis — "All men must die" — taken to its extreme conclusion ... «RollingStone.com, Jun 15»
6
Apple Watch to get faster, smarter apps with new Watch OS update
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that an update to the Apple Watch operating system, dubbed Watch OS, will offer new tools that developers can use to tap into the ... «CNET, Jun 15»
7
The Apple Watch could be the most successful flop in history
The Apple Watch has only been on customers' wrists since the end of April, but it's already left quite an impression. Although Apple hasn't shared sales numbers ... «Mashable, Jun 15»
8
The Apple Watch Will Whine If You Do This
An upcoming Apple Watch feature will reportedly be able to give “a tap or a light notice” if the user accidentally leaves behind the linked-up iPhone, 9to5Mac ... «TIME, May 15»
9
Apple Watch has tattoo trouble, Apple confirms
Got a tattoo on your wrist? You could find it difficult to get an Apple Watch to track your heart rate. It's all about the way the ink blocks light from built-in sensors. «CNET, May 15»
10
Apple Watch review: a status symbol for iOS devotees
​Mankind's fascination with watches capable of more than simply telling the time is nothing new. But recently, our collective interest in intelligent timepieces has ... «Engadget, Apr 15»

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