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Definition 1: engaged in or accustomed to close observation - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where watchful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • caught by a couple of alert cops
  • alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came
  • constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty

Synonyms for watchful in the sense of this definition

(watchful is similar to ...) carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

"a policy of open-eyed awareness" "the vigilant eye of the town watch" "there was a watchful dignity in the room" "a watchful parent with a toddler in tow"

(watchful is similar to ...) (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

(watchful is similar to ...) fully alert and watchful

"played heads-up ball"

(watchful is similar to ...) always watchful

"to an eye like mine, a lidless watcher of the public weal"

(means also ...) marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

"they were wary in their movements" "a wary glance at the black clouds" "taught to be wary of strangers"

(means also ...) not in a state of sleep; completely conscious

"lay awake thinking about his new job" "still not fully awake"

(means also ...) full of life and energy

"a lively discussion" "lively and attractive parents" "a lively party"

Definition 2: experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where watchful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • insomniac old people
  • insomniac nights
  • lay sleepless all night
  • twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights

Synonyms for watchful in the sense of this definition

(watchful is similar to ...) not in a state of sleep; completely conscious

"lay awake thinking about his new job" "still not fully awake"

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