- 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 well-observed
“The Queen had some most amusing and well-observed lines about Thatcher,” says a family friend.Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth’s Complicated Relationship
April 8, 2013
This is a well-observed fact, and depends on certain optical laws.My Airships
On the other hand, well-observed premonitions are of immense importance.
In well-observed cases apparently we do not find the stupor reaction without either coincident or preceding ideas of death.Benign Stupors
It is a well-observed law of Nature that man must be organized in harmony with the condition of climate, otherwise he perishes.Martyria
Augustus C. Hamlin
These plain, decided, easily observable, and well-observed facts are among the most convincing I have received.
- (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 well-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.