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keep (close) watch (over someone or something)

to guard or care for someone or something. I'm keeping watch over my children to make sure they have the things they need. I think that an angel is keeping close watch over her to make sure nothing bad happens to her.
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keep watch

Also, keep a watch or close watch on ; watch over. Observe with continuous attention, especially to act as a sentinel or for protection. For example, Afraid that the wolves would return, she kept watch while the others slept, or They kept a close watch on the harbor, looking for signs of enemy ships, or, according to the Gospel of St. Luke (2:8): "And there were in the same country shepherds ... keeping watch over their flock by night." [Late 1300s] Also see keep an eye out for.
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keep ˈwatch (for somebody/something)

stay awake or watch somebody/something carefully in case of possible danger or problems: I’ll keep watch while you sleep.The doctors are keeping watch for any change in her condition.
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THE men and women who risk their lives daily to keep watch on the most dangerous people in our society deserve better treatment.
Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students.
If city, county, state and federal officials will do nothing to control our porous border with Mexico, then citizens groups such as the Minuteman Project, which simply keep watch on the border, will.
MedMined's Data Mining Surveillance service allows infection control professionals to efficiently and cost-effectively keep watch over all patients and areas of the hospital, enabling them to prioritize and focus their infection-prevention efforts where and when they are most needed.
Officials continue to keep watch on the rain-soaked coastal Ventura County village, where roughly 150 homes remain vulnerable.
MedMined's chief medical officer, "The NIM allows infection control professionals (ICPs) to efficiently keep watch over all patients and areas of the hospital, allowing them to prioritize and focus their infection-prevention efforts where and when they are most needed.
The Navy is buying two Global Hawks for demonstrations of its ability to keep watch over oceans.
With more organizations and establishments wanting to keep watch on their property and possessions, video over IP cameras have become a vital element of the monitoring and security industry.
1) Los Angeles County firefighters keep watch on a controlled burn in the hills above La Canada Flintridge on Thursday.
But at the moment, investors may want to keep watch on the company and wait for its earnings estimates to gain more upside momentum before allocating funds to their portfolios.