observe

Observe is often used to mean “remark” or “comment.” When trying to start up a conversation with an attractive stranger, you might observe that it’s raining outside (but hopefully you’ll come up with something more interesting to say).

Observe has several secondary meanings, one of which is “notice” or “discover.” If you start a conversation with that attractive stranger, you’ll probably observe whether he or she seems interested in talking to you. Observe can also mean “watch carefully with great interest”; you might be tempted to observe the attractive stranger in this manner, but that might make him or her uncomfortable. Try to stay cool.

Primary Meanings of observe

1.
v
watch attentively
2.
v
stick to correctly or closely
Full Definitions of observe
1

v watch attentively

“Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals”
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bird, birdwatch
watch and study birds in their natural habitat
monitor, supervise
keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
monitor
check, track, or observe by means of a receiver
reconnoiter, reconnoitre, scout
explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
track
observe or plot the moving path of something
sleuth, snoop, spy, stag
watch, observe, or inquire secretly
Type of:
watch
look attentively

v observe with care or pay close attention to

Synonyms:
note, take note

v follow with the eyes or the mind

Synonyms:
follow, keep an eye on, watch, watch over
follow, trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
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keep tabs on
keep a record on or watch attentively
guard
to keep watch over
invigilate, proctor
watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
patrol, police
maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
keep guard, stand guard, stand sentinel, stand watch
watch over so as to protect
baby-sit, sit
work or act as a baby-sitter
baby-sit
take watchful responsibility for
Type of:
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

v discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Synonyms:
detect, discover, find, notice
discover, find
make a discovery, make a new finding
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catch out, find out
trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act
sense
detect some circumstance or entity automatically
instantiate
find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word)
trace
discover traces of
see
observe as if with an eye
Type of:
sight, spy
catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

v make mention of

“She observed that his presentation took up too much time”
Synonyms:
mention, note, remark
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comment, notice, point out, remark
make or write a comment on
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
wisecrack
make a comment, usually ironic
kibbitz, kibitz
make unwanted and intrusive comments
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words
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v stick to correctly or closely

Synonyms:
keep, maintain

v conform one's action or practice to

Synonyms:
keep
Antonyms:
breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
Types:
make good
act as promised

v behave as expected during of holidays or rites

Observe Yom Kippur”
Synonyms:
celebrate, keep
Types:
commemorate, mark
mark by some ceremony or observation
mourn
observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
solemnise, solemnize
observe or perform with dignity or gravity

v show respect towards

Synonyms:
abide by, honor, honour, respect
Antonyms:
disrespect
show a lack of respect for
Types:
celebrate, lionise, lionize
assign great social importance to
tolerate
recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true

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