1903. Back-formation from surveillance#English Pronunciation
  • IPA: /sɚˈveɪl/

surveil (surveils, present participle surveilling; past and past participle surveilled)

  1. (transitive, 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 [,+and+the+customer+exits+especially,+were+closely+surveilled.%22&source=bl&ots=k8vXUBrdEe&sig=Tky7ERso11ceN-T1gTrok7D_QaU&hl=en&ei=RB3nS8vzF4H88Aap5NSNDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22The%20plaintiff%20also%20stresses%20that%20the%20store%20as%20a%20whole%2C%20and%20the%20customer%20exits%20especially%2C%20were%20closely%20surveilled.%22&f=false Bryan A. Garner. A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2nd ed., 2001)] p. 861

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