surveil

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from surveillance. More at survey.

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surveil (third-person singular simple present surveils, present participle surveilling, simple past and past participle surveilled)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To keep someone or something under surveillance.
    The plaintiff also stresses that the store as a whole, and the customer exits especially, were closely surveilled.
    Alexandre of London v. Indem. Ins. Co., 182 F. Supp. 748, 750 (United States District Court for the District of Columbia) (1960), cited in Bryan A. Garner. A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2nd ed., 2001) p. 861

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