1. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

    Synonyms : lookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter
    Type Of : watchman, watcher, security guard
  2. see or watch

    Synonyms : catch, see, take in, view
  3. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    Synonyms : ascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, see
  4. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

    Synonyms : vigil
    Type Of : surveillance
  5. observe with attention

    Synonyms : look on
    Examples :
    • They watched as the murderer was executed
  6. a small portable timepiece

    Synonyms : ticker
    Type Of : timepiece, horologe, timekeeper
  7. follow with the eyes or the mind

    Synonyms : follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch over
    Type Of : check over, suss out, check, check into, check out, check up on, go over, look into
    Examples :
    • The world is watching Sarajevo
  8. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful

    Synonyms : look out, watch out
  9. the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

    Synonyms : vigil
    Type Of : rite, religious rite
  10. a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

    Type Of : duty period, shift, work shift
  11. look attentively

    Examples :
    • watch a basketball game
  12. the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty

    Type Of : period of time, period, time period
  13. observe or determine by looking


  1. Something; thing; stuff.

  2. Why? For what purpose? On what account?


  1. a time period usually extending from Friday night through Sunday; more loosely defined as any period of successive days including one and only one Sunday

    Type Of : period of time, time period, period
  2. spend the weekend

    Type Of : pass, spend


  1. changed for the worse in health or fitness

    Synonyms : worsened
    Antonyms : better
    Examples :
    • I feel worse today
    • her cold is worse
  2. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability

    Antonyms : better
    Examples :
    • this road is worse than the first one we took
    • the road is in worse shape than it was
    • she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying
  3. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner

    Examples :
    • he did worse on the second exam
  4. something inferior in quality or condition or effect

    Type Of : bad, badness
    Examples :
    • for better or for worse
    • accused of cheating and lying and worse


  1. a low area where the land is saturated with water

    Type Of : soil, land, ground


  1. growth of marine vegetation especially of the large forms such as rockweeds and kelp

    Synonyms : sea wrack
    Type Of : seaweed
  2. smash or break forcefully

    Synonyms : bust up, wreck
    Type Of : destroy, ruin
  3. the destruction or collapse of something

    Synonyms : rack
    Type Of : destruction, demolition, wipeout
    Examples :
    • wrack and ruin
  4. dried seaweed especially that cast ashore

    Type Of : seaweed


  1. in a wary manner

    Antonyms : unwarily
    Examples :
    • the sailor watched the sky warily


  1. an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments

    Synonyms : smart aleck, weisenheimer, wise guy, wisenheimer
    Type Of : upstart

write down

  1. put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.

    Synonyms : get down, put down, set down
    Type Of : write
  2. reduce the estimated value of something

    Synonyms : expense, write off
    Type Of : depreciate


  1. cause to grow thin or weak

    Synonyms : emaciate, macerate
    Type Of : enfeeble, debilitate, drain
  2. run off as waste

    Synonyms : run off
    Type Of : course, feed, flow, run
    Examples :
    • The water wastes back into the ocean
  3. spend thoughtlessly; throw away

    Synonyms : blow, squander
    Antonyms : conserve
    Type Of : expend, use
    Examples :
    • He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends
  4. become physically weaker

    Synonyms : rot
    Type Of : devolve, degenerate, drop, deteriorate
  5. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

    Synonyms : do in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, neutralize
    Type Of : kill
  6. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    Synonyms : desolate, devastate, lay waste to, ravage, scourge
    Type Of : ruin, destroy
    Examples :
    • The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion
  7. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    Synonyms : languish, pine away
    Type Of : weaken
  8. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

    Synonyms : godforsaken, wild
    Examples :
    • waste places
  9. an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

    Synonyms : barren, wasteland
    Type Of : wilderness, wild
    Examples :
    • the trackless wastes of the desert
  10. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

    Synonyms : dissipation, wastefulness
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste
  11. spend extravagantly

    Synonyms : consume, squander, ware
    Type Of : expend, drop, spend
    Examples :
    • waste not, want not
  12. (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

    Synonyms : permissive waste
    Type Of : act, human activity, human action, deed
  13. the trait of wasting resources

    Synonyms : thriftlessness, wastefulness
    Type Of : improvidence, shortsightedness
    Examples :
    • a life characterized by thriftlessness and waste
    • the wastefulness of missed opportunities
  14. any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

    Synonyms : waste material, waste matter, waste product
    Type Of : stuff, material
    Examples :
    • they collect the waste once a week
    • much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers
  15. get rid of

    Type Of : cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
    Examples :
    • We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer
  16. use inefficiently or inappropriately

    Type Of : use, employ, utilise, utilize, apply
    Examples :
    • waste heat
    • waste a joke on an unappreciative audience