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ob·serve

 (əb-zûrv′)
v. ob·served, ob·serv·ing, ob·serves
v.tr.
1.
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).
3.
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.
v.intr.
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.

[Middle English observen, to conform to, from Old French observer, from Latin observāre, to abide by, watch : ob-, over; see ob- + servāre, to keep, watch; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·serv′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: observe, keep, celebrate, commemorate, solemnize
These verbs mean to give proper heed to or show proper reverence for something, such as a custom or holiday. Observe and keep stress compliance or respectful adherence to that which is prescribed: observes the Sabbath; keeps the holiday traditions. Celebrate emphasizes observance in the form of rejoicing or festivity: a surprise party to celebrate her birthday. To commemorate is to honor the memory of a past event: a ceremony that commemorated the career of a physician. Solemnize implies dignity and gravity in the celebration of an occasion: solemnized the funeral with a 21-gun salute. See Also Synonyms at see1.

observe

(əbˈzɜːv)
vb
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)
3. 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. (tr) to abide by, keep, or follow (a custom, tradition, law, holiday, etc)
[C14: via Old French from Latin observāre, from ob- to + servāre to watch]
obˈservable adj
obˈservableness, obˌservaˈbility n
obˈservably adv

ob•serve

(əbˈzɜrv)

v. -served, -serv•ing. v.t.
1. to see, watch, or notice.
2. to regard with attention, esp. so as to see or learn something.
3. to watch, view, or note for a scientific, official, or other special purpose: to observe an eclipse.
4. to state by way of comment; remark.
5. to keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.: to observe quiet.
6. to obey, comply with, or conform to: to observe laws.
7. to celebrate, as a holiday, in an appropriate way.
8. to perform duly or solemnize (ceremonies, rites, etc.).
9. to note or inspect closely, as for an omen.
v.i.
10. to notice.
11. to act as an observer.
12. to remark or comment (usu. fol. by on or upon).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French observer < Latin observāre to watch, regard =ob- ob- + servāre to keep, save, pay heed to]

observe


Past participle: observed
Gerund: observing

Imperative
observe
observe
Present
I observe
you observe
he/she/it observes
we observe
you observe
they observe
Preterite
I observed
you observed
he/she/it observed
we observed
you observed
they observed
Present Continuous
I am observing
you are observing
he/she/it is observing
we are observing
you are observing
they are observing
Present Perfect
I have observed
you have observed
he/she/it has observed
we have observed
you have observed
they have observed
Past Continuous
I was observing
you were observing
he/she/it was observing
we were observing
you were observing
they were observing
Past Perfect
I had observed
you had observed
he/she/it had observed
we had observed
you had observed
they had observed
Future
I will observe
you will observe
he/she/it will observe
we will observe
you will observe
they will observe
Future Perfect
I will have observed
you will have observed
he/she/it will have observed
we will have observed
you will have observed
they will have observed
Future Continuous
I will be observing
you will be observing
he/she/it will be observing
we will be observing
you will be observing
they will be observing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been observing
you have been observing
he/she/it has been observing
we have been observing
you have been observing
they have been observing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been observing
you will have been observing
he/she/it will have been observing
we will have been observing
you will have been observing
they will have been observing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been observing
you had been observing
he/she/it had been observing
we had been observing
you had been observing
they had been observing
Conditional
I would observe
you would observe
he/she/it would observe
we would observe
you would observe
they would observe
Past Conditional
I would have observed
you would have observed
he/she/it would have observed
we would have observed
you would have observed
they would have observed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.observe - 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"
catch out, find out - trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act; "He was caught out"; "She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks"
discover, find - make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
sense - detect some circumstance or entity automatically; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"
instantiate - find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word); "The linguists could not instantiate this sense of the noun that he claimed existed in a certain dialect"
trace - discover traces of; "She traced the circumstances of her birth"
see - observe as if with an eye; "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
sight, spy - catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
2.observe - make mention of; "She observed that his presentation took up too much time"; "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
say, state, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
comment, point out, remark, notice - make or write a comment on; "he commented the paper of his colleague"
3.observe - observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of this chemical reaction"
4.observe - watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
bird, birdwatch - watch and study birds in their natural habitat
watch - look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
monitor, supervise - keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance; "we are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the suspect's moves"
monitor - check, track, or observe by means of a receiver
reconnoiter, reconnoitre, scout - explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
track - observe or plot the moving path of something; "track a missile"
5.observe - show respect towardsobserve - show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
lionise, lionize, celebrate - assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
tolerate - recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others); "We must tolerate the religions of others"
6.observe - behave as expected during of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
commemorate, mark - mark by some ceremony or observation; "The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade"
mourn - observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
solemnise, solemnize - observe or perform with dignity or gravity; "The King solemnized this day of morning"
7.observe - 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"
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
trace, follow - follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
keep tabs on - keep a record on or watch attentively; "The government keeps tabs on the dissidents"
guard - to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
invigilate, proctor - watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
8.observe - stick to correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
9.observe - conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
make good - act as promised; "make good on promises"

observe

verb
1. watch, study, view, look at, note, check, regard, survey, monitor, contemplate, check out (informal), look on, keep an eye on (informal), gaze at, pay attention to, keep track of, scrutinize, keep tabs on (informal), recce (slang), keep under observation, watch like a hawk, take a dekko at (Brit. slang) He studies and observes the behaviour of babies.
2. notice, see, note, mark, discover, spot, regard, witness, clock (Brit. slang), distinguish, perceive, detect, discern, behold (archaic or literary), eye, eyeball (slang), peer at, espy, get a load of (informal) In 1664 Hooke observed a reddish spot on the surface of the planet.
3. remark, say, comment, state, note, reflect, mention, declare, opine, pass comment, animadvert `I like your hair that way,' he observed.
4. comply with, keep, follow, mind, respect, perform, carry out, honour, fulfil, discharge, obey, heed, conform to, adhere to, abide by Forcing motorists to observe speed restrictions is difficult.
comply with ignore, overlook, neglect, violate, disregard
5. celebrate, keep, commemorate, mark, remember, participate in, solemnize We are observing Christmas quietly this year.

observe

verb
1. To perceive with a special effort of the senses or the mind:
2. To look at or on attentively or carefully:
3. To state facts, opinions, or explanations:
4. To act in conformity with:
Idiom: toe the line.
5. To mark (a day or an event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing:
Translations
يُراقِبيُطيع، يُراعي، يُحافِظ على القَوانينيُعَلِّق، يُبْدي مُلاحَظَهيُلَاحِظُيُلاحِظ
pozorovat
bemærkeiagttagelægge mærke tilobservereoverholde
havainnoidaobservoidatarkkailla
promatrati
betartészlel
fylgja, hlÿîasegja, verîa aî orîiskoðataka eftirveita athygli
観察する認める守る
관찰하다
observatorijapastabussekimasstebėjimas
ievērotpiezīmēt, piebilstvērot, sekot ar skatienu
opazovatipripomniti
observeraiaktta
สังเกต
farketmekgözlemekgözlemlemekitaat etmeksöylemek
quan sát

observe

[əbˈzɜːv] VT
1. (= see, notice) → observar, ver
I observed him steal the duckvi cómo robaba el pato
2. (= watch carefully, study) → observar, mirar; [+ suspect] → vigilar
now observe this closelyahora fijaos bien en esto
3. (= remark) → observar, comentar
"it looks like rain" - he observed-parece que va a llover -observó or comentó él
I observed to him thatle hice observar que ...
as Jeeves observedcomo observó Jeeves
4. (= obey) [+ rule, custom] → observar; [+ Sabbath, silence] → guardar
failure to observe the lawincumplimiento m de la ley
5. [+ anniversary] → celebrar

observe

[əbˈzɜːrv] vt
(= watch) → observer
(= see) → observer
to observe that ... → observer que ...
(= remark) → observer
(= obey) [+ rule, limit] → observer

observe

vt
(= see, notice)beobachten, bemerken; difference, changebeobachten, wahrnehmen; did you actually observe him do it?haben Sie ihn wirklich dabei beobachtet?; the thief was observed to …der Dieb wurde dabei beobachtet, wie er …
(= watch carefully, study)beobachten; (by police)überwachen
(= remark)bemerken, feststellen, äußern
(= obey)achten auf (+acc); rule, custom, ceasefire, Sabbatheinhalten; anniversary etcbegehen, feiern; to observe a minute’s silence or a moment’s silence (US) → eine Schweigeminute einlegen; failure to observe the lawein Verstoß mgegen das Gesetz
vi
(= watch)zusehen; (= act as an observer)beobachten
(= remark)bemerken, feststellen (→ on zu, über +acc); you were about to observe …?Sie wollten gerade sagen …?

observe

[əbˈzɜːv] vtosservare

observe

(əbˈzəːv) verb
1. to notice. I observed her late arrival.
2. to watch carefully. She observed his actions with interest.
3. to obey. We must observe the rules.
4. to make a remark. `It's a lovely day', he observed.
obˈservance noun
1. the act of obeying rules etc. the observance of the law.
2. the act of observing (a tradition etc). the observance of religious holidays.
obˈservant adjective
quick to notice. An observant boy remembered the car's registration number.
ˌobserˈvation (ob-) noun
1. the act of noticing or watching. She is in hospital for observation.
2. a remark.
obˈservatoryplural obˈservatories noun
a place for observing and studying the stars, weather etc.
obˈserver noun
a person who observes.

observe

يُلَاحِظُ pozorovat observere beobachten παρατηρώ observar tarkkailla observer promatrati osservare 観察する 관찰하다 observeren observere zauważyć observar наблюдать observera สังเกต gözlemlemek quan sát 观察

observe

v. observar, estudiar, examinar;
___ standard procedures___ procedimientos estándar.
References in classic literature ?
Through his reason man observes himself, but only through consciousness does he know himself.
If, observing himself, man sees that his will is always directed by one and the same law (whether he observes the necessity of taking food, using his brain, or anything else) he cannot recognize this never-varying direction of his will otherwise than as a limitation of it.
You observe that in the ordinary swimming position of the Sperm Whale, the front of his head presents an almost wholly vertical plane to the water; you observe that the lower part of that front slopes considerably backwards, so as to furnish more of a retreat for the long socket which receives the boom-like lower jaw; you observe that the mouth is entirely under the head, much in the same way, indeed, as though your own mouth were entirely under your chin.
I have no need to observe that I do not wilfully or negligently mislead my readers and that before I wrote that description I took pains to investigate the subject.
If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them.
Alexander the Sixth did nothing else but deceive men, nor ever thought of doing otherwise, and he always found victims; for there never was a man who had greater power in asserting, or who with greater oaths would affirm a thing, yet would observe it less; nevertheless his deceits always succeeded according to his wishes,[*] because he well understood this side of mankind.
I must take leave to observe, Sir Walter," said Mr Shepherd one morning at Kellynch Hall, as he laid down the newspaper, "that the present juncture is much in our favour.
Those who desired to investigate such questions were led to observe the behaviour of animals, in the hope that their behaviour would throw some light on their mental faculties.
But all that we can observe is a certain language-habit.
Allow me to observe, my lord," said Buckingham, with an irritation of manner which he did not seek to disguise, "you detain these ladies, and you have no right to do so.
I then advanced forward near half a mile, but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants; at least I was in so weak a condition, that I did not observe them.