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observe

[ uhb-zurv ]
/ 蓹b藞z蓽rv /
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Definition of observe

verb (used with object), ob路served, ob路serv路ing.
verb (used without object), ob路served, ob路serv路ing.
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Origin of observe

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English observen, from Middle French observer, from Latin observ膩re 鈥渢o watch, regard, attend to,鈥 equivalent to ob-ob- + serv膩re 鈥渢o keep, save, pay heed to鈥

synonym study for observe

2. Observe, witness imply paying strict attention to what one sees or perceives. Both are 鈥渃ontinuative鈥 in action. To observe is to mark or be attentive to something seen, heard, etc.; to consider carefully; to watch steadily: to observe the behavior of birds, a person's pronunciation. To witness, formerly to be present when something was happening, has added the idea of having observed with sufficient care to be able to give an account as evidence: to witness an accident.

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How to use observe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for observe

observe
/ (蓹b藞z蓽藧v) /

verb
(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)

Derived forms of observe

observable, adjectiveobservableness or observability, nounobservably, adverb

Word Origin for observe

C14: via Old French from Latin observ膩re, from ob- to + serv膩re to watch
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