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observe

[uhb-zurv]
verb (used with object), observed, observing.
1.
to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.
2.
to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn something: I want you to observe her reaction to the judge's question.
3.
to watch, view, or note for a scientific, official, or other special purpose: to observe an eclipse.
4.
to state by way of comment; remark: He observed frequently that clerks were not as courteous as they used to be.
5.
to keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.: You must observe quiet.
6.
to obey, comply with, or conform to: to observe laws.
7.
to show regard for by some appropriate procedure, ceremony, etc.: to observe Palm Sunday.
8.
to perform duly or solemnize (ceremonies, rites, etc.).
9.
to note or inspect closely for an omen or sign of future events.
verb (used without object), observed, observing.
10.
to notice.
11.
to act as an observer.
12.
to remark or comment (usually followed by on or upon ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English observen < Middle French observer < Latin observāre to watch, regard, attend to, equivalent to ob- ob- + servāre to keep, save, pay heed to

observedly [uhb-zur-vid-lee] , adverb
observingly, adverb
nonobserving, adjective
nonobservingly, adverb
preobserve, verb (used with object), preobserved, preobserving.
quasi-observed, adjective
reobserve, verb, reobserved, reobserving.
self-observed, adjective
unobserved, adjective
unobserving, adjective
well-observed, adjective


2. note. Observe, witness imply paying strict attention to what one sees or perceives. Both are “continuative” in action. To observe is to mark or be attentive to something seen, heard, etc.; to consider carefully; to watch steadily: to observe the behavior of birds, a person's pronunciation. To witness formerly to be present when something was happening, has added the idea of having observed with sufficient care to be able to give an account as evidence: to witness an accident. 4. mention, say. 6. follow, fulfill. 7. celebrate, keep.


1–3, 6–8. ignore.
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observe (əbˈzɜːv)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by on or upon; when tr, may take a clause as object)
1.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to see; perceive; notice: we have observed that you steal
2.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to watch (something) carefully; pay attention to (something)
3.  to make observations of (something), esp scientific ones
4.  to make a comment or remark: the speaker observed that times had changed
5.  (tr) to abide by, keep, or follow (a custom, tradition, law, holiday, etc)
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin observāre, from ob- to + servāre to watch]
 
ob'servable
 
adj
 
ob'servableness
 
n
 
observa'bility
 
n
 
ob'servably
 
adv

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observe
late 14c., "to hold to" (a manner of life or course of conduct), from O.Fr. observer, from L. observare "watch over, look to, attend to, guard," from ob "over" + servare "to watch, keep safe," from PIE base *ser- "to protect." Meaning "to attend to in practice, to keep, follow" is attested from late
14c. Sense of "watch, perceive, notice" is c.1560, via notion of "see and note omens." Meaning "to say by way of remark" is from c.1600.
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