Basic+ Word of the Day: watch

watch (noun, verb) past tense: watched LISTEN

A watch

If you watch something, it means that you look at it, usually because you are interested.

  • Do you want to watch a movie?

If you watch out, it means that you are careful because you don’t want something bad to happen to you.

  • Watch out for bears in the forest.

A watch is something that shows you the time. You wear it on your arm.

  • I got a new watch for my birthday.

In pop culture

Do you know the song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police? It’s about a man who wants a woman, but she doesn’t want him. Listen for these words in the song: “Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.”

Don't confuse it with

Look and see are similar to watch but they are a little different. You use look when you have the intention of seeing a particular thing.  “I looked at the menu and decided to order a sandwich.” If you watch something, it means that you look at it over a period of time. “I watched the baseball game on TV” or “I watched the children playing.” If you see something, that just means that it comes into your vision–even if you are not trying to see it. “I saw a lot of garbage on the beach.”

There are other meanings of watch.

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