overwatch

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ watch

Verb[edit]

overwatch (third-person singular simple present overwatches, present participle overwatching, simple past and past participle overwatched)

  1. To watch over.

Noun[edit]

overwatch (uncountable)

  1. (military) The supervision of one unit or vehicle by another while the supervised unit is firing or moving.
    • 2007 September 11, Michael R. Gordon, “Petraeus Sees Bigger Role in Protecting Iraqi Civilians”, New York Times:
      At a further and undefined point in the future, the American force would shrink to about seven and later five brigades — all involved in overwatch missions.