Definition of observation
- observation of the dress code
- The characters in her novel are based on close observation of her family.
- weather observations
- Scientific observations were sent to the committee.
- under observation at the hospital
I'm not criticizing that kind of clothing. I'm just making an observation about the style.
Her constant observations about the weather bored me.
These facts are based on close observation of the birds in the wild.
Observations made using the telescope have led to new theories.
Some interesting observations came from the study.
He recorded his observations in a notebook.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a statement about something you have noticed : a comment or remark
: the act of careful watching and listening : the activity of paying close attention to someone or something in order to get information
: something you notice by watching and listening
: designed to be used while watching people or things
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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