Definition of watchful in English:



  • 1Watching someone or something closely; alert and vigilant.

    ‘they attended dances under the watchful eye of their father’
    • ‘Also we ask all parishioners to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on this amenity.’
    • ‘Back home, and under the watchful eye of Mae and son, Marty is progressing well.’
    • ‘You must be ever watchful, and never once let your guard down when close to the darkness.’
    • ‘Annie said nothing more and I continued to scrub the floors under her watchful gaze.’
    • ‘Police officers in small groups stood around keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings, an unobtrusive presence.’
    • ‘The Forest Department should be given more manpower to keep a watchful eye on the resources.’
    • ‘She was good at avoiding the teachers and their ever watchful eyes.’
    • ‘It should keep a close and watchful eye on safety precautions in all facilities.’
    • ‘The Millennium Commission has kept a very watchful eye over the whole of this project.’
    • ‘Police have warned residents to keep a watchful eye on their homes after a spate of break-ins’
    • ‘Now the parents are issuing a stark warning to other parents, urging them to keep a watchful eye on their children.’
    • ‘Since then she's kept a watchful eye on the space behind the cooker, much to our amusement, some days for hours at a time.’
    • ‘Be especially watchful that the players begin each time with a fresh grip.’
    • ‘There really wasn't anything she could do, except be more alert and keep a watchful eye.’
    • ‘I must be especially watchful for assumptions which can be the root of misunderstandings.’
    • ‘She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.’
    • ‘She smiled, and turned to look up into Anthony's watchful gaze.’
    • ‘Eating under the watchful eye of Chloe, the engagement party lunch was fabulous.’
    • ‘He still keeps a watchful eye on the rugby world, although these pages are too small to relate all he has to say on that matter.’
    • ‘People living in the area are having their cars targeted over and over again, despite being under the watchful eye of the police.’
    observant, alert, vigilant, attentive, perceptive
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    1. 1.1archaic Wakeful; sleepless.
      wakeful, restless, disturbed, without sleep
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