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Definitions of observe

  1. To be attentive; to remark. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe civility. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To take notice of; to watch closely; to keep or celebrate; to remark. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To keep in view: to notice: to regard attentively: to remark: to comply with: to keep religiously: (B.) to keep or guard. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To notice; regard attentively; remark; comply with. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To celebrate; comply with. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To remark incidentally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To make a remark; to comment; - generally with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To take notice; to comment. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To take notice: to attend: to remark. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. show respect towards; "honor your parents!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of this chemical reaction" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. To notice; to take notice of; to remark; to celebrate; to comply with. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To take notice of; to note; to mark; to see or behold with some attention; to utter or express, as a remark or opinion; to keep religiously; to celebrate; to comply with; to make a remark. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for observe

  1. " You observe no doubt, Miss Melcombe," he said, " that I am speaking of Joseph Swan?" – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  2. You have but to observe four rules. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
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