Unlike me, Omar has no comfortable distance to observe the fate of Iraq; his own life is constantly at risk.
“You see, but you do not observe,” remarked Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson, and so my father might have said to us.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the state struggled over whether to observe Martin Luther King Jr.
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.