Back-formation from surveillance. More at survey.
surveil (third-person singular simple present surveils, present participle surveilling, simple past and past participle surveilled)
- (transitive, nonstandard, US) 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
To keep someone or something under surveillance