What does observe mean?

Definitions for observe
əbˈzɜrvob·serve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detect, observe, find, discover, noticeverb

    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"

  2. note, observe, mention, remarkverb

    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. note, take note, observeverb

    observe with care or pay close attention to

    "Take note of this chemical reaction"

  4. observeverb

    watch attentively

    "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

  5. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observeverb

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"

  6. observe, celebrate, keepverb

    behave as expected during of holidays or rites

    "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"

  7. watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye onverb

    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"

  8. observe, keep, maintainverb

    stick to correctly or closely

    "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

  9. observe, keepverb

    conform one's action or practice to

    "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

GCIDE

  1. Observeverb

    To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to notice; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army; to observe an accident.

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

  2. Observeverb

    To make a remark; to comment; to make an observation; -- generally with on or upon.

Wiktionary

  1. observeverb

    To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

    From this vantage point we can observe the behavior of the animals in their natural habitat.

    Etymology: From observer, from observare, from ob + servare, from serw-. Cognate with , searu.

  2. observeverb

    To follow the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion.)

    Please observe all posted speed limits.

    Etymology: From observer, from observare, from ob + servare, from serw-. Cognate with , searu.

  3. observeverb

    To comment on something; to make an observation.

    The senator observed that the bill would be detrimental to his constituents.

    Etymology: From observer, from observare, from ob + servare, from serw-. Cognate with , searu.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observeverb

    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 civility

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

  2. Observeverb

    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

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

  3. Observeverb

    to express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

  4. Observeverb

    to take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

  5. Observeverb

    to make a remark; to comment; -- generally with on or upon

    Etymology: [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Observe

    ob-zėrv′, v.t. to keep in view: to notice: to subject to systematic observation: to regard attentively: to remark, refer to in words: to comply with: to heed and to carry out in practice: to keep with proper ceremony: to keep or guard.—v.i. to take notice: to attend: to remark.—adj. Observ′able, that may be observed or noticed: worthy of observation: remarkable: requiring to be observed.—n. Observ′ableness.—adv. Observ′ably.—ns. Observ′ance, act of observing or paying attention to: performance: attention: that which is to be observed: rule of practice, a custom to be observed: reverence: homage; Observ′ancy, observance: obsequiousness.—adj. Observ′ant, observing: having powers of observing and noting: taking notice: adhering to: carefully attentive.—n. (Shak.) an obsequious attendant: one strict to comply with a custom, &c.; or Observ′antine, one of those Franciscan monks of stricter rule who separated from the Conventuals in the 15th century.—adv. Observ′antly.—n. Observā′tion, act of observing: habit of seeing and noting: attention: the act of recognising and noting phenomena as they occur in nature, as distinguished from experiment: that which is observed: a remark: performance: the fact of being observed.—adj. Observā′tional, consisting of, or containing, observations or remarks: derived from observation, as distinguished from experiment.—adv. Observā′tionally.—adj. Obser′vative, attentive.—ns. Ob′servātor, one who observes: a remarker; Observ′atory, a place for making astronomical and physical observations, usually placed in some high and stable place; Observ′er.—adj. Observ′ing, habitually taking notice: attentive.—adv. Observ′ingly. [Fr.,—L. observāre, -ātumob, before, servāre, to keep.]

Editors Contribution

  1. observe

    Be aware of, using attention.

    As we drive we always observe as we know we have to be aware and give our attention.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'observe' in Verbs Frequency: #281

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  1. obverse

  2. verbose

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of observe in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of observe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of observe in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Abraham Jack:

    This cheating scandal showed us what we all expected, but we were never able to observe.

  2. Tom Wagner:

    The OMG mission deployed new technologies that allowed us to observe a natural experiment , much as we would do in a laboratory, where variations in ocean temperatures were used to control the flow of a glacier, their findings especially about how quickly the ice responds will be important to projecting sea level rise in both the near and distant future.

  3. Eleonora Troja:

    The very bright infrared signal from this event arguably makes it the clearest kilonova we have observed in the distant universe, i'm very much interested in how kilonova properties change with different progenitors and final remnants. As we observe more of these events, we may learn that there are many different types of kilonovae all in the same family, as is the case with the many different types of supernovae. It's so exciting to be shaping our knowledge in real time.

  4. The State Department Kirby:

    The test is to see if Russia is really willing to use its influence on the Assad regime to observe the cessation of hostilities, to stop killing its own citizens, to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid, and eventually contribute to the political process.

  5. Confucius, Analects, IV.7:

    In his errors a man is true to type. Observe the errors and you will know the man.

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