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Meaning & Definition of Observe in English

English

Observe

/əbzərv/

verb

1. Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

  • "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"
  • "We found traces of lead in the paint"
    synonym:
  • detect
  • ,
  • observe
  • ,
  • find
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • notice

2. Make mention of

  • "She observed that his presentation took up too much time"
  • "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
    synonym:
  • note
  • ,
  • observe
  • ,
  • mention
  • ,
  • remark

3. Observe with care or pay close attention to

  • "Take note of this chemical reaction"
    synonym:
  • note
  • ,
  • take note
  • ,
  • observe

4. Watch attentively

  • "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
    synonym:
  • observe

5. Show respect towards

  • "Honor your parents!"
    synonym:
  • respect
  • ,
  • honor
  • ,
  • honour
  • ,
  • abide by
  • ,
  • observe

6. Behave as expected during of holidays or rites

  • "Keep the commandments"
  • "Celebrate christmas"
  • "Observe yom kippur"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • celebrate
  • ,
  • keep

7. Follow with the eyes or the mind

  • "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"
  • "The world is watching sarajevo"
  • "She followed the men with the binoculars"
    synonym:
  • watch
  • ,
  • observe
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • watch over
  • ,
  • keep an eye on

8. Stick to correctly or closely

  • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"
  • "Keep count"
  • "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • keep
  • ,
  • maintain

9. Conform one's action or practice to

  • "Keep appointments"
  • "She never keeps her promises"
  • "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
    synonym:
  • observe
  • ,
  • keep

Examples of using

You see, but you do not observe.
Failure to observe these regulations will result in penalties.
There are rules to observe.