ldoce_349_awatchwatch2 ●●● S2 W3 noun 1 [countable]DTM a small clock that you wear on your wrist or keep in your pocket My watch has stopped.look at/glance at/consult your watch She glanced nervously at her watch. How do you keep track of time if you don’t wear a watch?2 [singular, uncountable]WARN when you watch someone or something carefully, or pay careful attention to them, so that you are ready to act if necessary The police arrived to keep watch on the mouth of the tunnel.watch on/over He maintained a 24-hour watch over his son. Security forces kept a close watch on our activities.3 → keep a watch out for somebody/something4 [countable]PROTECT a group of people whose job is to guard or protect someone or something We were arrested and held until the arrival of the night watch (=people responsible for keeping the streets safe at night, especially in past times). → neighbourhood watch5 [countable, uncountable]PREVENT a period of time when it is someone’s duty to stay somewhere and look for signs of danger The first watch is from now until midnight.on watch Who’s on watch tonight?COLLOCATIONSverbslook at/glance at your watchI looked at my watch. It was 4.30.check/consult your watchHe checked his watch and saw that it was only 2.15.a watch says ...My watch says twenty past one.put your watch forward (=make it show a later time)The passengers were reminded to put their watches forward three hours.put your watch back (=make it show an earlier time)On Saturday night, don’t forget to put your watch back an hour.set your watch (=make it show the correct time)I set my watch by the clock on the mantelpiece.wear a watchHe wore a gold watch.a watch stopsHer watch had stopped after getting wet in the sea.adjectivessomebody’s watch is fast/runs fast (=it shows a later time)No, it’s only 12.15 – your watch must be fast.somebody’s watch is slow/runs slow (=it shows an earlier time)'He’s late.' 'Maybe his watch is running slow.'
Examples from the Corpuswatch• After crossing the bridge Moran checked his watch and to their infinite relief started to walk quickly.• His watch said that it was nine-thirty, and he cringed to think of the time he had lost.• I felt oddly naked without my watch, I always do.• Noon meal formations will still be precisely at 12: 10, with tourists still standing watch.• He held the watch to his ear to see if it was working.• As a result, he was forced to lubricate the watch.• The captains knew all the tricks though, and were constantly on the watch.• He got three watches, some money, knives, and other things.wear ... watch• He was not even wearing a watch and he needed a shave.• Something about not wearing a watch, he ventured.• A few people never need to wear a watch because they always know what the time is.• Watches as well, everyone in the room was wearing a watch.kept a close watch• And the Committee has kept a close watch on the uses made by the broadcasters of parliamentary material in their programmes.• The inspector kept close watch of their arms and equipments and clothing.• Fortunately Scott was reasonably obedient as long as some one kept a close watch over him.night watch• But lack of sleep due to the four-hour night watches was a perfectly reasonable, if not wholly true, explanation for both.• We were all damp, tired, and did not look forward to managing Hsu Fu through the long night watches.• Also we stopped using our little paraffin lamp during the night watch, and used torches instead.• Our hand torches for the night watch began to break down.• Whilst others were only allowed to keep the night watch once each week, Nicholas undertook it three times.• It was the third hour of the night watch.• For the rest of the time it was a question of patience under uncomfortable conditions, particularly on the night watch.