verb (used with object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
Origin of observe
Examples from the Web for observe
Photos: Fury at the Ferguson Decision I had yet to be born to observe the events of Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America|Ron Christie|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a phase in star and planet birth.
Some supporters keep pace, and others trail behind walking, there to observe Booker in the flesh more than for the cardio.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mitchell said the cameras give administrators the ability to observe teachers in action and offer them tips and coaching.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’|ProPublica|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I begin to observe that it sounds as if Sully is in microcosm what Newman himself…but that is as far as I get.
Observe, how dexterously by this measure we shall both reach the goal of our desires.Love and Intrigue|Friedrich Schiller
The ceiling and the walls, as you will observe, are covered with names.Summer Days in Shakespeare Land|Charles G. Harper
After this brief survey, if we look back over the road we have come, we observe the following general facts.
Let us observe it well, for the whole future of the Church is bound up with it.
We observe simply that the trend of modern thought is toward this system.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study|Jean-Marie Guyau
British Dictionary definitions for observe
Word Origin for observe
Word Origin and History for observe
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.