observe

  • 1Observe — Ob*serve ([o^]b*z[ e]rv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Observed} ([o^]b*z[ e]rvd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Observing}.] [L. observare, observatum; ob (see {Ob }) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See {Serve}.] 1. To take… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2observe — [v1] see, notice beam, behold, catch, contemplate, detect, dig, discern, discover, distinguish, eagle eye*, espy, examine, eyeball*, flash*, get a load of*, get an eyeful of*, inspect, keep one’s eye on*, lamp*, look at, make out*, mark, mind,… …

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  • 3observe — I (obey) verb abide by, acquiesce, adhere to, attend, be faithful to, be guided by, be regulated by, be submissive to, bow to, carry out, cling to, comply with, conform, conservare, cooperate, discharge, do the will of, execute, follow, fulfill,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4Observe — Ob*serve , v. i. 1. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a remark; to comment; to make an observation[3]; generally with on or upon. [1913 Webster +PJC] I have barely quoted . . .… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5observé — observé, ée (ob sèr vé, vée) part. passé d observer. 1°   À quoi on s est conformé. •   Dans tous pays il n y a jamais de lois observées que celles qui tiennent à la nature du gouvernement, J. J. ROUSS. Lett. à M. de Malesherbes, corresp. t. V, p …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 6observe — (v.) late 14c., to hold to (a manner of life or course of conduct), from O.Fr. observer, from L. observare watch over, look to, attend to, guard, from ob over (see OB (Cf. ob )) + servare to watch, keep safe, from PIE root *ser to protect.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7observe — 1 *keep, celebrate, solemnize, commemorate Analogous words: respect, esteem, regard (see under REGARD n): *revere, reverence, venerate Antonyms: violate Contrasted words: *neglect, ignore, overlook, disregard, slight 2 survey, view, contemplate,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8observé — Observé, [observ]ée. part …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 9observe — ► VERB 1) notice; perceive. 2) watch attentively; monitor. 3) make a remark; say. 4) fulfil or comply with. DERIVATIVES observable adjective observer noun. ORIGIN Latin obs …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10observe — [əb zʉrv′] vt. observed, observing [ME observen < OFr observer < L observare, to watch, note < ob (see OB ) + servare, to keep or hold < IE base * ser , to watch over, guard > Sans haraiti, (he) guards] 1. to adhere to, follow,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11observe — verb 1 notice/watch ADVERB ▪ carefully, closely ▪ precisely ▪ directly ▪ It is not possible to observe this phenomenon directly. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12observe */*/*/ — UK [əbˈzɜː(r)v] / US [əbˈzɜrv] verb [transitive] Word forms observe : present tense I/you/we/they observe he/she/it observes present participle observing past tense observed past participle observed 1) a) formal to notice someone doing something …

    English dictionary

  • 13observe — observedly /euhb zerr vid lee/, adv. observingly, adv. /euhb zerrv /, v., observed, observing. v.t. 1. to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street. 2. to regard with attention, esp. so as to see or learn something …

    Universalium

  • 14observe — [[t]əbzɜ͟ː(r)v[/t]] ♦♦♦ observes, observing, observed 1) VERB If you observe a person or thing, you watch them carefully, especially in order to learn something about them. [V n] Stern also studies and observes the behaviour of babies... [V n]… …

    English dictionary

  • 15observe — [c]/əbˈzɜv / (say uhb zerv) verb (observed, observing) –verb (t) 1. to see, perceive, or notice. 2. to regard with attention, so as to see or learn something. 3. to make or take an observation of; to watch, view, or note for some scientific,… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 16observe —   Nānā, nānā pono, hākilo, kilo malama, kilo, haka pono, aua;    ♦ to observe an order, mālama kauoha;    ♦ observe closely, kaulona, pau kilo.    ♦ To observe clouds, nānā ao.    ♦ To observe fish, kilo i a.    ♦ To observe stars, kilo hōkū.… …

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