observe


observe

verb

Definition of OBSERVE

1
to act according to the commands of <you must observe all the rules of this school, not simply the ones that meet with your personal approval>
Synonyms adhere (to), comply (with), conform (to), follow, goose-step (to), mind, observe
Related Words defer (to), submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); accede (to), acquiesce (to), agree (to), assent (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, take, watch
Antonyms defy, disobey, rebel (against)
2
to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony <a time when few people in New England observed Christmas>
3
to keep one's eyes on <happily spent many hours observing the birds at the backyard feeder>
Synonyms eye, follow, observe
Near Antonyms blink, wink
4
to make a statement of one's opinion <I think you might be mistaken, he observed>
5
to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes <she observed that the weather had changed again>
6
to take notice of and be guided by <generally observes the suggestions of the experts regarding baby care>
Synonyms follow, listen (to), mind, note, observe, regard, watch
Related Words consider, contemplate, mull, ponder, weigh; comply (with), conform (to), keep, obey, respect; attend (to), hark (to), hear, hearken (to); mark, notice, see
Near Antonyms brush (aside or off), discount, dismiss, gloss (over), gloze (over), neglect, pass over, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, flout; slight, snub

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