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(Fencing) The starting position of a fencing bout; en garde.
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  1. (Fencing) The starting position of a fencing bout; en garde.
  2. Vigilant, alert
Eager; enthusiastic; much interested
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  1. Eager; enthusiastic; much interested
  2. Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong
  3. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful.
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  1. On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful.
  2. Staying watchful and alert to danger or trouble
Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
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  1. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
  2. Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
  3. Quick in thought or action; active; nimble
In a ready state; specif., already cooked
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  1. In a ready state; specif., already cooked
  2. (Music) Altered for a performance in some way, as with an object placed on one of the strings, in order to modify the timbre
  3. Willing.
Alert; watchful.
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  1. Alert; watchful.
  2. Completely awake
Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious:
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  1. Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious:
  2. Accurately or thoroughly done or made; painstaking
  3. Protective; solicitous:
Diligent in observing a law, custom, duty, or principle:
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  1. Diligent in observing a law, custom, duty, or principle:
  2. Alert and paying close attention; watchful.
  3. (Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
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  1. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
  2. Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
  3. Quick in thought or action; active; nimble
  1. Alert and paying close attention; watchful.
  2. (Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
  3. Perceptive or alert
Having the eyes open or wide open; awake, aware, watchful, amazed, etc.
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  1. Having the eyes open or wide open; awake, aware, watchful, amazed, etc.
  2. Done with the eyes open
  3. Alert and vigilant
Staying watchful and alert to danger or trouble
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  1. Staying watchful and alert to danger or trouble
  2. On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful.
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  1. Awake rather than sleeping
  2. Keeping awake; not sleeping
  3. Vigilant and alert; watchful
On one's guard; cautious, suspicious, etc.
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  1. On one's guard; cautious, suspicious, etc.
  2. On guard; watchful:
  3. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
Completely awake
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  1. Completely awake
  2. Alert; watchful.
Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious:
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  1. Thorough and painstaking in action or execution; conscientious:
  2. Attentive to potential danger, error, or harm; cautious:
  3. Protective; solicitous:
Attentive; heedful:
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  1. Attentive; heedful:
  2. Being aware (of something); attentive, heedful. [from 14th c.]
  3. Having in mind; aware, heedful, or careful (of)
(Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
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  1. (Judaism) Designating or of a person who adheres strictly to traditional religious practices
  2. Diligent in observing a law, custom, duty, or principle:
  3. Paying careful attention; keenly watchful

Synonym Study

  • Wide-awake more often implies an alertness to opportunities than to dangers and connotes an awareness of all the surrounding circumstances a wide-awake young salesman
  • Alert implies a quick intelligence and a readiness to take prompt action alert to the danger that confronted them
  • Vigilant implies an active, keen watchfulness and connotes the immediate necessity for this a vigilant sentry
  • Watchful is the general word implying a being observant and prepared, as to ward off danger or seize an opportunity under the watchful eye of her guardian
Find another word for watchful. In this page you can discover 22 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for watchful, like: on-guard, keen, vigilant, alert, prepared, wide-awake, careful, observant, alert, observant and open-eyed.