observe

observe

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English

Etymology

From Middle French observer, from Old French, 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).

Pronunciation

  • (Canada, General American) IPA(key): /əbˈzɝv/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒbˈzɜːv/, /əbˈzɜːv/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)v
  • Hyphenation: ob‧serve

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.
    • 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
      “One horse?” interjected Holmes. ¶ “Yes, only one.” ¶ “Did you observe the colour?”
  2. (transitive) To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).
    • Bible, Exodus
      Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.
  3. (intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation.
    • 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."

Synonyms

  • (follow a custom): celebrate

Derived terms

Translations

Further reading

  • observe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • observe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams

  • obverse, verbose

French

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

Verb

observe

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of observar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of observar
  3. first-person singular imperative of observar
  4. third-person singular imperative of observar

Spanish

Verb

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.

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