To watch over


To watch over
Watch Watch, v. i. [Cf. AS. w[oe]ccan, wacian. [root]134. See {Watch}, n., {Wake}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil. [1913 Webster]

I have two nights watched with you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Couldest thou not watch one hour ? --Mark xiv. 37. [1913 Webster]

2. To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel. [1913 Webster]

Take ye heed, watch and pray. --Mark xiii. 33. [1913 Webster]

The Son gave signal high To the bright minister that watched. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity. [1913 Webster]

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning. --Ps. cxxx. 6. [1913 Webster]

4. To remain awake with any one as nurse or attendant; to attend on the sick during the night; as, to watch with a man in a fever. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy. [1913 Webster]

{To watch over}, to be cautiously observant of; to inspect, superintend, and guard. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.