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surveil

[ser-veyl] /sərˈveɪl/
verb (used with object), surveilled, surveilling.
1.
to place under surveillance.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; back formation from surveillance
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  • The aircraft's wartime applications include intelligence, surveil lance and reconnaissance.
  • Theft groups will actually surveil the targeted commercial rig after receiving inside information regarding the transported load.
British Dictionary definitions for surveil

surveil

/sɜːˈveɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to observe closely the activities of (a person or group)
Word Origin
C20: back formation from surveillance
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Word Origin and History for surveil
v.

1904, back-formation from surveillance. Sometimes also surveille. Related: Surveilled; surveilling.

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