- to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.
- to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn something: I want you to observe her reaction to the judge's question.
- to watch, view, or note for a scientific, official, or other special purpose: to observe an eclipse.
- to state by way of comment; remark: He observed frequently that clerks were not as courteous as they used to be.
- to keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.: You must observe quiet.
- to obey, comply with, or conform to: to observe laws.
- to show regard for by some appropriate procedure, ceremony, etc.: to observe Palm Sunday.
- to perform duly or solemnize (ceremonies, rites, etc.).
- to note or inspect closely for an omen or sign of future events.
- to notice.
- to act as an observer.
- to remark or comment (usually followed by on or upon).
Origin of observe
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Examples from the Web for observed
He was a dreamer, an idealist, grounded in the reality he observed around him.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
“The four largest banks are nearly 40 percent bigger today than they were just five years ago,” she observed.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
“You have to be slightly innocent to be a novelist,” Martin Amis has observed.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
They possessed “wisdom beyond their years,” observed The Advocate.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
He observed that they “seem to cut their characters out with hatchets and to color them with the brushes of house-painters.”The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
This festival, in honour of Dionysus, was observed with great splendour.
She had observed that Geta and Milza appeared much confused when she spoke to them.
Ceremonies at Eleusis, in honour of Demeter, observed with great secrecy.
But to his relief he observed no change in the demeanor of his fellow-townsmen.Brave and Bold
This one, at the rate I have observed, will not last so long.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to see; perceive; noticewe have observed that you steal
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to watch (something) carefully; pay attention to (something)
- to make observations of (something), esp scientific ones
- (when intr, usually foll by on or upon; when tr, may take a clause as object) to make a comment or remarkthe speaker observed that times had changed
- (tr) to abide by, keep, or follow (a custom, tradition, law, holiday, etc)
Word Origin and History for observed
late 14c., "to hold to" (a manner of life or course of conduct), from Old French observer, osserver "to observe, watch over, follow" (10c.), from Latin observare "watch over, note, heed, look to, attend to, guard, regard, comply with," from ob "over" (see ob-) + servare "to watch, keep safe," from PIE root *ser- "to protect." Meaning "to attend to in practice, to keep, follow" is attested from late 14c. Sense of "watch, perceive, notice" is 1560s, via notion of "see and note omens." Meaning "to say by way of remark" is from c.1600. Related: Observed; observing.