observant

adjective
ob·​ser·​vant | \ əb-ˈzər-vənt How to pronounce observant (audio) \

Definition of observant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : paying strict attention : watchful an observant spectator
b : keen, perceptive observant of the mistakes of others Good reporters are keenly observant of everything around them.
2 : careful in observing rites, laws, or customs : mindful pious and religiously observant families— Sidney Hook always observant of the amenities

observant

noun

Definition of observant (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: an assiduous or obsequious servant or attendant

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Other Words from observant

Adjective

observantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for observant

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of observant in a Sentence

Adjective A particularly observant child, he noticed even the slightest changes in the classroom. Good reporters are keenly observant of everything around them. The family is strictly observant.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An observant deputy noticed and decided to take action,’’ Agee said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "2 puppies starved to death in Jefferson County; Birmingham woman charged," 14 Jan. 2020 Mary Barr, an observant Catholic, sent William and his three brothers to Corpus Christi elementary school. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield," 13 Jan. 2020 The house had two kitchens, one featuring a French chef, the other kept strictly kosher for observant guests. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 There’s an observant protagonist, Addy Hanlon, whose eyes are set on life after high school. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Megan Abbott Wants You to Feel Everything," 19 Dec. 2019 An observant cashier noticed the sticky fingers and pushed a button that remotely locked the door, deputies said. Fox News, "Florida man accused of stealing Pepsi repeatedly fails to get out of store after cashier locks him inside," 16 Dec. 2019 Kaylie is highly inquisitive and observant and has a great memory for details. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive, "Kaylie, 13, hopes for a family that will help her become her best self: A Home of Their Own," 14 Sep. 2019 While most coaches cheer their wrestlers or give them step-by-step instructions on how to gain an advantage, Hanson and his staff are stoic and observant when their athletes are wrestling. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "South wrestlers get their eighth straight title at CIC championships," 15 Dec. 2019 Visitors to the State Fair: Please be observant and good guests in our neighborhood and abide by the law. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: Bert Blyleven tells it like it is! Don’t uncircle Bert!," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of observant

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of observant was in 1599

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Observant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/observants. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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observant

adjective
How to pronounce observant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of observant

: good at watching and listening : good at noticing what is going on around you
: careful to follow religious teachings or customs

observant

adjective
ob·​ser·​vant | \ əb-ˈzər-vənt How to pronounce observant (audio) \

Kids Definition of observant

: quick to take notice : watchful, alert

Other Words from observant

observantly adverb

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