from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Closely observant or alert; vigilant: kept a watchful eye on the clock. See Synonyms at aware, careful.
- adj. Archaic Not sleeping; awake.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. observant, vigilant and aware
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe closely; observant; cautious; -- with of before the thing to be regulated or guarded; ; and with against before the thing to be avoided.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wakeful; sleepless.
- Vigilant; careful; wary; cautious; observant; alert; on the watch: with of before the thing to be regulated or observed, and against before the thing to be avoided: as, to be watchful of one's behavior; to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits.
- Synonyms Watchful, Vigilant, Wakeful, attentive, heedful, circumspect, guarded. Wakeful refers to the lack of disposition to sleep, especially at times when one would ordinarily have such a disposition; watchful and vigilant refer to the mind, will, or conduct: they are of about equal vigor; watchful is the broader in its range of meaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. engaged in or accustomed to close observation
- adj. experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
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MESSNER: No. He's doing what they call watchful waiting and he's doing fine.
"Rather than give everybody an antibiotic hoping to find the ones with bacteria, our findings would suggest refraining from antibiotics and doing what we call watchful waiting," she told Reuters Health.
We have to remain watchful on all fronts if this nation is to succeed.
The believers benefaction watchful is due to his doubt as good as not to rebellion.
In many cases, no treatment is necessary for fibroids; this is called watchful waiting.
He turned slowly and looked at her, his expression watchful, almost wary.
Sorry but being outraged and watchful is about all we can do brad
Then a thought struck him, and he called the watchful dog away and fed him, before sending him back to the bedside, and going out to examine the ostriches more closely.
Capitalized, it refers to the watchful eye of big government, from George Orwell’s “1984.”
Perhaps more men should choose what the doctors call watchful waiting over surgery.