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." . "Happy watchful shepherds." . "'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing." (Keble)

Synonyms: Vigilant, attentive, cautious, observant, circumspect, wakeful, heedful.

Watch"fully, Watch"fulness.

(01 Mar 1998)

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