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To guard, protect, or ensure the welfare of someone or something, often through close observation. I felt better sending the kids to camp when I knew Mrs. James would be there to watch over them. I can't help but feeling that I had an angel watching over me that day.
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watch over someone or something
to keep guard over someone or something; to care for someone or something. Could you please watch over my little girl while I go to the store? I will watch over your house while you are away.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Guard for protection or safekeeping, as in There were only two aides watching over that large group of children. This idiom was first recorded in 1526.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To monitor and tend to someone or something: The nurses watched over the patient.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.