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observe definition

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This page has 19 definitions of observe with English translations in 5 languages. Observe is a verb. Examples of how to use observe in a sentence are shown. Also define these 15 related words and terms: notice, view, careful, detail, follow, obey, comment, observation, observer, observar, observa, usted, yo, él, and ella.

See also: observé

English observe definition

Etymology

From Middle French observer, from Old French [Term?], from Latin observare (to watch, note, mark, heed, guard, keep, pay attention to, regard, comply with, etc.), from ob (before) + servare (to keep), from Proto-Indo-European *serw- (to guard). Cognate with Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐍂𐍅𐌰 (sarwa, weapons, armour), Old English searu (device, design, contrivance, art, cunning, craft, artifice, wile, deceit, stratagem, ambush, treachery, plot, trick, snare, ambuscade, cleverness, machine, engine, fabric, armor, equipment, arms).

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Verb

observe (third-person singular simple present observes, present participle observing, simple past and past participle observed)

  1. (transitive) To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.
    From this vantage point we can observe the behavior of the animals in their natural habitat.
    She got up before dawn to observe the lunar eclipse.
    • Detail definition
      Something small enough to escape casual notice. (1 of 9 detail definitions)
  2. (transitive) To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).
    Please observe all posted speed limits.
    • 2011 November 10, Jeremy Wilson, “England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report”, in Telegraph:
      A sell-out crowd of 10,000 then observed perfectly a period of silence before the team revealed their black armbands, complete with stitched-in poppies, for the match. After Fifa’s about-turn, it must have been a frantic few days for the England kit manufacturer. The on-field challenge was altogether more straightforward.
    • Obey definition
      To do as ordered by (a person, institution etc), to act according to the bidding of. (1 of 3 obey definitions)
  3. (transitive) To take note of and celebrate (a holiday or similar occurrence); to follow (a type of time or calendar reckoning).
  4. (intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation.
    The senator observed that the bill would be detrimental to his constituents.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."

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French observe definition

Verb

observe

  1. first-person singular present indicative of observer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of observer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of observer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of observer
  5. second-person singular imperative of observer

Portuguese observe definition

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observe

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of observar
    • Observar definition
      to observe
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of observar
  3. first-person singular imperative of observar
  4. third-person singular imperative of observar

Romanian observe definition

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observe

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of observa
    • Observa definition
      third-person singular present indicative form of observar (1 of 2 observa definitions)
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of observa

Spanish observe definition

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observe

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of observar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of observar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of observar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of observar.
    • Él definition
      he
    • Ella definition
      she