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Meaning of OBSERVE

Pronunciation:  ub'zurv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
  2. [v]  make mention of; "She observed that his presentation took up too much time"; "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
  3. [v]  observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of this chemical reaction"
  4. [v]  discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
  5. [v]  watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
  6. [v]  follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
  7. [v]  show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
  8. [v]  celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
  9. [v]  conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

OBSERVE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: abide by, detect, discover, find, follow, honor, honour, keep, keep, keep an eye on, maintain, mention, note, note, notice, remark, respect, take note, watch, watch over
 Antonyms: disrespect
 See Also: accept, bird, birdwatch, catch out, celebrate, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, commemorate, comment, comprehend, find out, go over, guard, instantiate, invigilate, keep tabs on, lionise, lionize, look into, make good, mark, monitor, mourn, notice, perceive, point out, proctor, reconnoiter, reconnoitre, ride herd on, say, scout, see, sense, sight, solemnise, solemnize, state, supervise, suss out, tell, tolerate, trace, track, watch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ob*serve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Observed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Observing}.] [L. observare, observatum; ob (see
    {Ob-}) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe:
    cf.F. observer. See {Serve}.]
    1. To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's
       action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to
       comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe
             Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.
                                                   --Ex. xii. 17.
             He wolde no such cursedness observe.  --Chaucer.
             Must I budge? Must I observe you?     --Shak.
             With solemn purpose to observe Immutably his
             sovereign will.                       --Milton.
    2. To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to
       notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as, to
       observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a
       dress; to observe the movements of an army.
    3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark;
       to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.
  2. \Ob*serve"\, v. i.
    1. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or
       hears; to attend.
    2. To make a remark; to comment; -- generally with on or
       I have barely quoted . . . without observing upon it.
    Syn: To remark. See {Remark}.
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