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observe

ob·serve

observe

 
 
pronunciation:
b zuhrv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: observed, observes, observing
definition 1: to perceive; see.
She observed that he was wearing his best suit.The teacher observed that the child seemed to have difficulty hearing.He was looking toward the door, but somehow he did not observe her come in.
synonyms:
behold, eye, note, notice, perceive, see, view
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
descry, detect, discern, distinguish, espy, glimpse, remark, sight, spot, witness
definition 2: to watch closely or make a systematic observation of.
She likes to sit by the window and observe the people walking by.The students observed the entire operation performed by the heart surgeon.The scientists are observing the animal's behavior in its own habitat.
synonyms:
watch
similar words:
follow, monitor
definition 3: to remark casually.
"You look cheerful today," he observed.
synonyms:
remark
similar words:
comment, mention, note, notice, say, state, survey
definition 4: to maintain.
We observe quiet hours each afternoon.
synonyms:
hold, maintain
similar words:
adhere to, carry out, keep, practice
definition 5: to act in accordance with; follow.
The rules must be observed at all times.
synonyms:
abide by, adhere to, comply with, follow, obey
antonyms:
break, violate
similar words:
conform to, fulfill, keep, respect, take
definition 6: to celebrate; keep.
The nation observes Labor Day on the first Monday of September every year.
synonyms:
celebrate, keep
similar words:
hallow, mark, recognize, respect
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take notice of a thing or things.
He looks but he doesn't always observe.
synonyms:
see
definition 2: to make a comment; remark.
The speaker observed on the influence of humanism.
synonyms:
comment, remark
similar words:
say
definition 3: to act as an observer, rather than as a participant.
I will just sit in the back of the class and observe.
synonyms:
monitor
similar words:
watch
derivation: observingly (adv.)
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