adjective Date: 15th century 1. archaic a. not able or accustomed to sleep or rest ; wakeful b. causing sleeplessness c. spent in wakefulness ; sleepless 2. carefully observant or attentive ; being on the watch • watchfully adverbwatchfulness noun Synonyms: watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term <
the watchful eye of the department supervisor
. vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness <
eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy
. wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers <
wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology
. alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity <
alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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