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observe (v.)

late 14c., observen, "to hold to (a manner of life or course of conduct), carry out the dictates of, attend to in practice, to keep, follow," 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 "in front of, before" (see ob-) + servare "to watch, keep safe," from PIE root *ser- (1) "to protect." Sense of "watch, perceive, notice" is from 1560s, via the notion of "see and note omens." Meaning "to say by way of remark" is from c. 1600. Related: Observed; observing.

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Definitions of observe

observe (v.)
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;
Synonyms: detect / find / discover / notice
observe (v.)
make mention of;
She observed that his presentation took up too much time
Synonyms: note / mention / remark
observe (v.)
observe with care or pay close attention to;
Synonyms: note / take note
observe (v.)
watch attentively;
Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals
observe (v.)
show respect towards;
Synonyms: respect / honor / honour / abide by
observe (v.)
behave as expected during of holidays or rites;
Synonyms: celebrate / keep
observe (v.)
follow with the eyes or the mind;
Synonyms: watch / follow / watch over / keep an eye on
observe (v.)
stick to correctly or closely;
Synonyms: keep / maintain
observe (v.)
conform one's action or practice to;
Synonyms: keep
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