Observe meaning

əb-zûrv
To comment or remark (on or upon)
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To celebrate or keep (a holiday, etc.) according to custom.
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To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).

Please observe all posted speed limits.

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To say or mention casually; remark.
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To adhere to, follow, keep, or abide by (a law, custom, duty, rule, etc.)
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To arrive at as a conclusion after study.
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To examine and study scientifically.
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To take notice.
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To act as an observer.
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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.

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Observe is defined as to celebrate, to see or watch.

An example of to observe is to celebrate a specific holiday.

An example of to observe is to see a bird fly across the sky.

An example to observe is to watch a butterfly grow, take notes and write up a report on it.

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To say casually; remark.
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To say something; make a comment or remark.

Observed upon the unusual weather.

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To watch or be present without participating actively.

We were invited to the conference solely to observe.

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(intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation.

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

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To take notice.

Stood by the window observing.

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Origin of observe

  • Middle English observen to conform to from Old French observer from Latin observāre to abide by, watch ob- over ob– servāre to keep, watch ser-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French observer, from Latin observare (“to watch, note, mark, heed, guard, keep, pay attention to, regard, comply with, etc."), from ob (“before") + servare (“to keep"), from Proto-Indo-European *serw- (“to guard"). Cognate with Gothic [script?] (sarwa, “weapons, armour"), Old English searu (“device, design, contrivance, art, cunning, craft, artifice, wile, deceit, stratagem, ambush, treachery, plot, trick, snare, ambuscade, cleverness, machine, engine, fabric, armor, equipment, arms").

    From Wiktionary