Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

watchful

watchful
Meaning(s)
1) carefully observant, attentive
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • be under the watchful eye of someone
  • Analysis

    The adjective 'watchful' describes someone who is attentive and who is ready to address problems when they occur. It can also describe being in a state of attentiveness and being ready to act if changes are about to take place. This is an adjective you will hear used equally in social and professional contexts. Similar in meaning to 'attentive' and 'observant'.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Some parents are too watchful of their children and never allow them to figure things out for themselves. Such over protectiveness can leave children unprepared for the harsh realities of life.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to be watchful of Helen. I think she's trying to push her own agenda on this project rather than working for the benefit of the team.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Construction on the new office is taking place under the watchful eye of the CEO, who likes to micromanage every aspect of the business.
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