Definition of Observe in English :

Define Observe in English

Observe meaning in English

Meaning of Observe in English

Pronunciation of Observe in English

Observe pronunciation in English

Pronounce Observe in English


see synonyms of observe


1. detect, discover, find, notice, observe

discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Example Sentences:
'She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water'
'We found traces of lead in the paint'

2. mention, note, observe, remark

make mention of

Example Sentences:
'She observed that his presentation took up too much time'
'They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing'

3. note, observe, take note

observe with care or pay close attention to

Example Sentences:
'Take note of this chemical reaction'

4. observe

watch attentively

Example Sentences:
'Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals'

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

show respect towards

Example Sentences:
'honor your parents!'

6. celebrate, keep, observe

behave as expected during of holidays or rites

Example Sentences:
'Keep the commandments'
'celebrate Christmas'
'Observe Yom Kippur'

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

follow with the eyes or the mind

Example Sentences:
'Keep an eye on the baby, please!'
'The world is watching Sarajevo'
'She followed the men with the binoculars'

8. keep, maintain, observe

stick to correctly or closely

Example Sentences:
'The pianist kept time with the metronome'
'keep count'
'I cannot keep track of all my employees'

9. keep, observe

conform one's action or practice to

Example Sentences:
'keep appointments'
'she never keeps her promises'
'We kept to the original conditions of the contract'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of observe
1. (tr; may take a clause as object)
to see; perceive; notice
we have observed that you steal
2. (when tr, may take a clause as object)
to watch (something) carefully; pay attention to (something)
to make observations of (something), esp scientific ones
4. (when intr, usually foll by on or upon; when tr, may take a clause as object)
to make a comment or remark
the speaker observed that times had changed
5. (transitive)
to abide by, keep, or follow (a custom, tradition, law, holiday, etc)

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see synonyms of observe
verb transitiveWord forms: obˈserved or obˈserving
to adhere to, follow, keep, or abide by (a law, custom, duty, rule, etc.)
to celebrate or keep (a holiday, etc.) according to custom
to notice or perceive (something)
to pay special attention to
to arrive at as a conclusion after study
to say or mention casually; remark
to examine and study scientifically
verb intransitive
to take notice
to comment or remark (on or upon)
to act as an observer

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of observe
v. ob·served, ob·serv·ing, ob·serves
a. To be or become aware of, especially through careful and directed attention; notice: observed a car leaving the property.
b. To watch attentively: observe a child's behavior.
c. To make a systematic or scientific observation of: observe the orbit of a comet.
2. To say casually; remark: "'It's nice to have somebody to wait on you,' she observed, with a laugh" (Upton Sinclair).
a. To adhere to or abide by; comply with: observe the terms of a contract.
b. To act in acknowledgment of (a holiday, for example); keep or celebrate: observe an anniversary.
c. To maintain (silence or a period of silence), as out of respect for someone who has died.
1. To take notice: stood by the window observing.
2. To say something; make a comment or remark: observed upon the unusual weather.
3. To watch or be present without participating actively: We were invited to the conference solely to observe.

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