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Definition of WATCHFUL

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Watchful \Watch"ful\, a.
     Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe closely; observant; cautious; -- with of before the thing to be regulated or guarded; as, to be watchful of one's behavior; and with against before the thing to be avoided; as, to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits.
     "Many a watchful night." --Shak. "Happy watchful shepherds."
     --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

           'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing.
                                                    --Keble. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Vigilant; attentive; cautious; observant; circumspect; wakeful; heedful. [1913 Webster] -- {Watch"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Watch"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "watchful": Argus-eyed, advertent, agog, alert, all ears, all eyes, assiduous, attentive, aux aguets, aware, careful, cautious, chary, circumspect, concentrated, conscious, covering, custodial, defensive, diligent, eagle-eyed, earnest, finical, finicking, finicky, fostering, guarded, guardian, guarding, hawk-eyed, heedful, immunizing, intense, intent, intentive, keen-eyed, lidless, meticulous, mindful, nice, niggling, observant, observing, on guard, on the ball, on the job, on the lookout, on the watch, open-eared, open-eyed, openmouthed, parental, preventive, prompt, prophylactic, protecting, protective, prudent, quick, ready, regardful, safeguarding, screening, sharp-eyed, sheltering, shielding, sleepless, tutelary, unsleeping, vigilant, wakeful, wary, wide-awake, with open eyes


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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