1350–1400; Middle English observen
< Middle French observer
< Latin observāre
to watch, regard, attend to, equivalent to ob- ob-
to keep, save, pay heed to
observedly [uh b-zur-vid-lee] /əbˈzɜr vɪd li/ Show IPA, adverbobservingly, adverbnonobserving, adjectivenonobservingly, adverbpreobserve, verb (used with object), preobserved, preobserving.quasi-observed, adjectivereobserve, verb, reobserved, reobserving.self-observed, adjectiveunobserved, adjectiveunobserving, adjectivewell-observed, adjective
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.