Definition of Observe

1. Verb. Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of. "We found traces of lead in the paint"

2. Verb. Make mention of. "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
Exact synonyms: Mention, Note, Remark
Generic synonyms: Say, State, Tell
Specialized synonyms: Comment, Notice, Point Out, Remark
Derivative terms: Mention, Mentioner, Note, Observation, Observer, Remark

3. Verb. Observe with care or pay close attention to. "Take note of this chemical reaction"

4. Verb. Watch attentively. "The customs agents observe the bags for drugs "; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

5. Verb. Show respect towards. "Honor your parents!"
Exact synonyms: Abide By, Honor, Honour, Respect
Generic synonyms: Accept
Specialized synonyms: Celebrate, Lionise, Lionize, Tolerate
Derivative terms: Honorable, Honoring, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respecter
Antonyms: Disrespect

6. Verb. Behave as expected during of holidays or rites. "Observe Yom Kippur"

7. Verb. Follow with the eyes or the mind. "The children observe the ball"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"

8. Verb. Stick to correctly or closely. "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

9. Verb. Conform one's action or practice to. "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
Exact synonyms: Keep
Specialized synonyms: Make Good
Antonyms: Break
Derivative terms: Keeping, Observance

Definition of Observe

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.

Definition of Observe

1. Verb. (transitive) To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To follow the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To obey a law, rule or custom , comply with. ¹

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Definition of Observe

1. to look attentively [v -SERVED, -SERVING, -SERVES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Observe

observation tower
observational constraints
observational learning
observe (current term)
observed fire
observer's meridian
observer variation

Literary usage of Observe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"Did you not observe how well Miss Arrowpoint shot ? ... Who this stranger was she did not care much to know; but she wished to observe what was ..."

2. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"observe, also, and that with carefulness, what the heavens and the earth do teach you; but especially be much in the meditation of that Book that was the ..."

3. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1853)
"by our learned editor, any more than by Grabe and his predecessors, who did not observe that the old Latin interpreter expressed it so well that he ..."

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