verb (used with object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), ob·served, ob·serv·ing.
- observation car,
- observation post,
Origin of observe
Examples from the Web for observed
He was a dreamer, an idealist, grounded in the reality he observed around him.
“The four largest banks are nearly 40 percent bigger today than they were just five years ago,” she observed.
“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|DAILY BEAST
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|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He observed that they “seem to cut their characters out with hatchets and to color them with the brushes of house-painters.”
I flourished it before him, and pointed with one hand to the broken desk, which he had not yet observed in his craven agitation.
Just then a tremendous broken sea was observed to be bearing down upon the already sluggish vessel.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
The King's proclamations shall be observed and kept as though they were acts of Parliament.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
"I don't suppose you dreamed he meant kidnapping either," observed Bob.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
“It will frighten the rest, who will soon come to terms, and agree to pay any tribute I may demand,” observed the rajah.The Young Rajah|W.H.G. Kingston
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.