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WATCHFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does watchful mean? 

WATCHFUL (adjective)
  The adjective WATCHFUL has 2 senses:

1. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
2. experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness

  Familiarity information: WATCHFUL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WATCHFUL (adjective)


Sense 1watchful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

Synonyms:

open-eyed; vigilant; wakeful; watchful; argus-eyed

Context examples:

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

Similar:

alert (very attentive or observant)


Sense 2watchful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness

Synonyms:

insomniac; sleepless; watchful

Context examples:

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

Similar:

awake (not in a state of sleep; completely conscious)


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