watch out

watch out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch out]
    • /wɒtʃ aʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch out]
    • /wɒtʃ aʊt/

Definitions of watch out words

  • verb without object watch out to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed. 1
  • verb without object watch out to look or wait attentively and expectantly (usually followed by for): to watch for a signal; to watch for an opportunity. 1
  • verb without object watch out to be careful or cautious: Watch when you cross the street. 1
  • verb without object watch out to keep awake, especially for a purpose; remain vigilant, as for protection or safekeeping: to watch with a sick person. 1
  • verb without object watch out to keep vigil, as for devotional purposes. 1
  • verb without object watch out to keep guard: She was assigned to watch at the door. 1

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Origin of watch out

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1580-90 for def 15; (v.) Middle English wacchen, Old English wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1); (noun) Middle English wacche, Old English wæcce, derivative of wæccan

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Parts of speech for Watch out


watch out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for watch out

verb watch out

  • babysit — If you babysit for someone or babysit their children, you look after their children while they are out.
  • beware — If you tell someone to beware of a person or thing, you are warning them that the person or thing may harm them or be dangerous.
  • get a load of — anything put in or on something for conveyance or transportation; freight; cargo: The truck carried a load of watermelons.
  • heed — to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.
  • look out — to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.

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