What does observe mean?

Definitions for observe
əbˈzɜrvob·serve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detect, observe, find, discover, notice(verb)

    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, remark(verb)

    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, observe(verb)

    observe with care or pay close attention to

    "Take note of this chemical reaction"

  4. observe(verb)

    watch attentively

    "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

  5. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observe(verb)

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"

  6. observe, celebrate, keep(verb)

    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 on(verb)

    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, maintain(verb)

    stick to correctly or closely

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

  9. observe, keep(verb)

    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. Observe(v. t.)

    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. Observe(v. i.)

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

Wiktionary

  1. observe(Verb)

    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. observe(Verb)

    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. observe(Verb)

    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. Observe(verb)

    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. Observe(verb)

    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. Observe(verb)

    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. Observe(verb)

    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. Observe(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for observe »

  1. obverse

  2. verbose

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Numerology

  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. Amnon Shashua:

    On one hand you want to be safe but on the other hand assertive, in the future, the system will observe other drivers on the road and after a certain amount of time adapts to driving conditions ... It's not unlike a human experience.

  2. National Weather Service:

    This is a dangerous situation. Persons within the Camp Fire Burn Area need to be alert for the potential of mud and debris flows. These flows could impact area roadways, hill sides, and local streams and creeks, if you observe movement of soils, debris, or large amounts of water, you should move to higher ground immediately. Do not drive through water flowing across roadways.

  3. Werner Heisenberg:

    What happens depends on our way of observing it or on the fact that we observe it.

  4. David Schwimmer:

    It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to kind of adjust to and become comfortable with, as an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, and so I used to walk around with my head up, and really engaged and watching people.

  5. Aaron Ford:

    Today's ruling makes clear that there is a proper procedure to observe an election that even the president must follow, and it's most certainly a victory for the constitutional rights of all Nevadans.

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