verb ob·serve \əb-ˈzərv\

: to watch and sometimes also listen to (someone or something) carefully

: to see and notice (someone or something)

: to make a comment about something you notice


Full Definition of OBSERVE

transitive verb
:  to conform one's action or practice to (as a law, rite, or condition) :  comply with
:  to inspect or take note of as an augury, omen, or presage
:  to celebrate or solemnize (as a ceremony or festival) in a customary or accepted way
a :  to watch carefully especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment
b :  to make a scientific observation on or of
:  to come to realize or know especially through consideration of noted facts
:  to utter as a remark
intransitive verb
a :  to take notice
b :  to make observations :  watch
ob·serv·ing·ly \-ˈzər-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of OBSERVE

  1. The class will be observing the movements of fish.
  2. The patient must be observed constantly.
  3. Children learn by observing their parents and others.
  4. The new teacher will give the lesson today and the principal will observe.
  5. We observed a large flock of birds heading north.
  6. He observed two children playing with marbles on the street corner.
  7. She observed that every man in the room had removed his hat.
  8. Few cases of the disease have been observed in humans.

Origin of OBSERVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French observer, from Latin observare to guard, watch, observe, from ob- in the way, toward + servare to keep — more at conserve
First Known Use: 14th century


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