observe

observe

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English Online Dictionary. What means observe‎? What does observe mean?

From Middle French observer, from Old French observer, from Latin observō (to watch), from ob- (before) + servō (to keep), from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (to guard). Cognate with Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐍂𐍅𐌰 (sarwa, weapons, armour), Old English searu (device).

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

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.
  2. (transitive) To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).
  3. (transitive) To take note of and celebrate (a holiday or similar occurrence), to keep; to follow (a type of time or calendar reckoning).
    • 2020 (March 7), Jackie Dunham, "Daylight time: How to get enough sleep when the clocks spring forward, CTV News:
      On Sunday, most of Canada will observe daylight time and spring forward an hour in order to reflect the increasing sunlight.
  4. (intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation.
  • (follow a custom): celebrate
  • “observe”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “observe”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.

observe (plural observes)

  1. (archaic) An observation (remark, comment or judgement).
  • obverse, verbose

observe

  1. inflection of observer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

observe

  1. inflection of observar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative
  • IPA(key): [obˈserve]

observe

  1. third-person singular/plural present subjunctive of observa

observe

  1. inflection of observar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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