verb (used with object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
Origin of observe
Synonyms for observe
Antonyms for observe
Related Words for observedetect, monitor, inspect, recognize, study, watch, scrutinize, regard, discover, note, examine, mark, witness, view, say, declare, respect, hold, honor, remember
Examples from the Web for observe
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 25, 2014
Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a phase in star and planet birth.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
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
October 20, 2014
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’
October 15, 2014
I begin to observe that it sounds as if Sully is in microcosm what Newman himself…but that is as far as I get.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
Historical Examples of observe
Milza was the first to observe that her absence was unusually protracted.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He joyed to observe that these men of incredible millions had no hauteur.
I observe the workings of unemotional law and sometimes record them.
When you see them, you will observe how he endeavours to hold me to this correspondence.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?Other Tales and Sketches
Word Origin 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.