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observe

ob·serve

observe

 
 
pronunciation:
b zuhrv
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part of speech: verb
inflections: observed, observes, observing
definition 1: to notice or see.
The parents observed that their child enjoyed music.
synonyms:
behold, note, notice, perceive, see, view
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
detect, distinguish, glimpse, remark, sight, spot, witness
definition 2: to watch closely; make a careful observation of.
The cat observed the bird with hungry interest.
synonyms:
watch
similar words:
follow, monitor
definition 3: to say in a casual way; mention; remark.
Our teacher observed that we were getting better at solving problems.
synonyms:
remark
similar words:
comment, mention, note, notice, say, state, survey
definition 4: to act in keeping with; follow.
She observed all the rules of the game.
synonyms:
abide by, adhere to, comply with, obey
antonyms:
break, violate
similar words:
conform to, fulfill, keep, respect, take
definition 5: to celebrate; keep.
The nation observes several holidays.
synonyms:
celebrate, keep
similar words:
mark, recognize, respect
derivation: observingly (adv.)
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