What does observe mean?

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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"


  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.

  2. Observe(v. i.)

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


  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.

  2. observe(Verb)

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

    Please observe all posted speed limits.

  3. observe(Verb)

    To comment on something; to make an observation.

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

  4. Origin: 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

  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

  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

  4. Observe(verb)

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

  5. Observe(verb)

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

  6. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

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

Anagrams for observe »

  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. Conan Doyle:

    You see, but you do not observe.

  2. Yogi Berra:

    You can observe a lot just by watching.

  3. Yogi Berra:

    You can observe a lot by just watching.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    It is the theory that decides what we can observe.

  5. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Mediocrity can talk but it is for genius to observe.

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