If President Obama is not watching over the executive branch, then who is?
Then she extinguished her candles and sat wide awake through the night, watching over her family in the dark.
He often said to me, “I feel Dominique is watching over me, guiding me.”
The people of Fairview Township, Pa. can finally sleep at night knowing the Ku Klux Klan is watching over them.
The only thing that had happened was the most ordinary thing in the world—somebody was watching over the country.
His declaration is overheard by Maria and her sister, who are watching over his couch.
They found only a servant who was watching over the little girl, Berthe.
The faithful fellow had forgotten his master's anger, and was watching over him as tenderly as a mother over her child.
Then came the days and nights I was watching over you at Ballintray.
God was watching over his children; the great wonder had been wrought; a true Christian church had been founded at Thessalonica.
Old English wæccan "keep watch, be awake," from Proto-Germanic *wakojan; essentially the same word as Old English wacian "be or remain awake" (see wake (v.)); perhaps a Northumbrian form. Meaning "be vigilant" is from c.1200. That of "to guard (someone or some place), stand guard" is late 14c. Sense of "to observe, keep under observance" is mid-15c. Related: Watched; watching.
Old English wæcce "a watching," from wæccan (see watch (v.)). Sense of "sentinel" is recorded from c.1300; that of "person or group officially patroling a town (especially at night) to keep order, etc." is first recorded 1530s. Meaning "period of time in which a division of a ship's crew remains on deck" is from 1580s. Sense of "period into which a night was divided in ancient times" translates Latin vigilia, Greek phylake, Hebrew ashmoreth.
The Hebrews divided the night into three watches, the Greeks usually into four (sometimes five), the Romans (followed by the Jews in New Testament times) into four. [OED]The meaning "small timepiece" is from 1580s, developing from that of "a clock to wake up sleepers" (mid-15c.).