Many times, a person suspected of something illegal by the authorities is placed under surveillance, meaning he or she is closely watched to see if their suspicions are well-founded.
- Pronunciation: / sɝ'veləns/
- English description: close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)
- Synonyms: monitor
- Chinese Translation: 监视(jian1 shi4)
- Spanish Translation: la vigilancia
- ORIGIN: If you break down the word surveillance you get the prefix sur, from the French word for "over" and the root veiller, meaning "to watch." All of which is a roundabout way of saying that if you are under surveillance, you are being closely watched — usually by the authorities, and usually not for a good reason! Those surveillance cameras in banks and stores are put there in the hopes of both preventing crimes and recognizing criminals after a crime has been committed.
- Detectives are working to recover surveillance video from nearby businesses.
- This whole idea of mass surveillance on American citizens and, frankly, on citizens on Europe.
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