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Close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.‘he found himself put under surveillance by military intelligence’
observation, scrutiny, watch, view, inspection, monitoring, supervision, superintendencespying, espionage, intelligence, undercover work, infiltration, reconnaissancebugging, wiretapping, phone tapping, reconView synonyms
- ‘In the last two years we have increased both CCTV surveillance and security patrols.’
- ‘He says the government cheated him out of money and claims to be under surveillance by the FBI.’
- ‘This review represents a pragmatic evaluation of two broad strategies of surveillance.’
- ‘Is workplace surveillance making us comfortable with surveillance in general?’
- ‘This was despite the fact that all nine suspects were under constant surveillance.’
- ‘The boat used was under constant surveillance from the time it entered United Kingdom waters.’
- ‘Police have been monitoring the site and using covert surveillance to trap the troublemakers.’
- ‘Monitoring and surveillance of drug efficacy is being built into operational programmes.’
- ‘It expands the ability of the government to spy by wiretaps and computer surveillance.’
- ‘An unpolitical lad is blackmailed by the police into doing undercover surveillance in a mosque.’
- ‘He planned an operation requiring covert surveillance, to arrest several suspects.’
- ‘Terrorism has to be fought with knowledge, with surveillance and intelligence.’
- ‘They also ordered him to receive intensive supervision and surveillance on his release.’
- ‘The arrests marked the end of weeks of surveillance after a spate of arrests in Europe.’
- ‘Their communities were criminalised and subject to excessive police surveillance.’
- ‘We are putting all our sources of surveillance and intelligence together to catch him.’
- ‘I've had issues with the levels of surveillance that are appearing in the UK for quite a while now.’
- ‘For years, undercover surveillance was the domain of warring couples and the old DHSS.’
- ‘Of course, such surveillance has been widely possible only in recent times.’
- ‘It is understood police had the suspects under surveillance for weeks before the robbery.’
Early 19th century: from French, from sur- over + veiller watch (from Latin vigilare keep watch).
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