watching Definition

  • 1the action of observing someone or something for a period of time, especially closely or as a guard.
  • 2the activity or hobby of watching television or movies.

Using watching: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "watching" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police were keeping a close watch on the suspect's movements.

  • Example

    I enjoy bird watching in my free time.

  • Example

    We spent the evening watching a movie.

  • Example

    He was caught watching her through the window.

watching Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with watching

  • to stay alert and watchful, especially to guard or protect something


    The security guard kept watch over the building all night.

  • a situation where someone is monitoring a situation but not actively involved in it


    The lawyer was asked to keep a watching brief on the case.

  • a phrase used to describe something that is very boring or tedious


    Sitting in this meeting is like watching paint dry.


Summary: watching in Brief

Watching [ˈwɒtʃɪŋ] refers to observing someone or something closely, as a guard or for leisure. It can involve activities like bird watching or watching movies. Phrases like 'keep watch' denote guarding or protecting, while 'watching brief' implies monitoring without active involvement. 'Watching paint dry' is a common idiom for something tedious or boring.