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observe

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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

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2 to mark with an appropriate practice, rite, or ceremony
  • a time when few people in New England observed Christmas

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3 to keep one's eyes on
  • happily spent many hours observing the birds at the backyard feeder

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4 to make a statement of one's opinion
  • "I think you might be mistaken," he observed

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5 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • she observed that the weather had changed again

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6 to take notice of and be guided by
  • generally observes the suggestions of the experts regarding baby care

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How is the word observe different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of observe are celebrate, commemorate, and keep. While all these words mean "to notice or honor a day, occasion, or deed," observe suggests marking the occasion by ceremonious performance.

not all holidays are observed nationally

When is celebrate a more appropriate choice than observe?

The meanings of celebrate and observe largely overlap; however, celebrate suggests acknowledging an occasion by festivity.

traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving with a huge dinner

When is it sensible to use commemorate instead of observe?

Although the words commemorate and observe have much in common, commemorate suggests that an occasion is marked by observances that remind one of the origin and significance of the event.

commemorate Memorial Day with the laying of wreaths

When could keep be used to replace observe?

While the synonyms keep and observe are close in meaning, keep stresses the idea of not neglecting or violating.

kept the Sabbath by refraining from work

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The first known use of observe was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Observe.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/observe. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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