Definitions of observe

  1.   To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army.
  2.   conform one's action or practice to; " keep appointments"; " she never keeps her promises"; " We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
  3.   To take notice of; note; scrutinize.
  4.   watch attentively; " Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
  5.   To take notice of; to watch closely; to keep or celebrate; to remark.
  6.   observe correctly or closely; " The pianist kept time with the metronome"; " keep count"; " I cannot keep track of all my employees"
  7.   To be attentive; to remark.
  8.   To make a remark; to comment; - generally with on or upon.
  9.   make mention of; " She observed that his presentation took up too much time"; " They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
  10.   To celebrate; comply with.
  11.   To notice; regard attentively; remark; comply with.
  12.   observe with care or pay close attention to; " Take note of this chemical reaction"
  13.   To notice; to take notice of; to remark; to celebrate; to comply with.
  14.   Observer.
  15.   To keep in view: to notice: to regard attentively: to remark: to comply with: to keep religiously: ( B.) to keep or guard.
  16.   To take notice: to attend: to remark.
  17.   To take notice of; to note; to mark; to see or behold with some attention; to utter or express, as a remark or opinion; to keep religiously; to celebrate; to comply with; to make a remark.
  18.   To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.
  19.   To remark incidentally.
  20.   celebrate, as of holidays or rites; " Keep the commandments"; " celebrate Christmas"; " Observe Yom Kippur"
  21.   To take notice; to comment.
  22.   show respect towards; " honor your parents!"
  23.   follow with the eyes or the mind; " Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; " The world is watching Sarajevo"; " She followed the men with the binoculars"
  24.   discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; " She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; " We found traces of lead in the paint"
  25.   To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.
  26.   To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe civility.

Quotes of observe

  1. Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. – Antisthenes
  2. It may be proper to observe that I had now passed the utmost frontier of the white settlements on that border. – William Bartram
  3. I can do nothing with the enemy save observe him. – John Buford
  4. If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. – Julius Caesar
  5. I'm so into playing different characters, even when I was on Nickelodeon. I just observe – Nick Cannon
  6. It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them. – T. S. Eliot
  7. But, if you observe children learning in their first few years of life, you can see that they can and do learn on their own- we leave them alone to crawl, walk, talk, and gain control over their bodies. It happens without much help from parents. – Daniel Greenberg
  8. I think people with open minds will observe the way we do things and realize that our goal is to have successful, happy, productive adults, and they will take our ideas and implement them elsewhere for their own children. – Daniel Greenberg
  9. Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. – Alexander Hamilton
  10. People under the influence of cults is similar to that we observe in addicts. Typical behaviour for both includes draining bank accounts, neglecting children, destroying relations with family and losing interest in anything except the drug or cult. – Keith Henson
  11. All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it. – Joseph Joubert
  12. It goes without saying that the desire to accomplish the task with more confidence, to avoid wasting time and labour, and to spare our experimental animals as much as possible, made us strictly observe all the precautions taken by surgeons in respect to their patients. – Ivan Pavlov
  13. Observe that it is a great error to believe that all mediums of art are not closely tied to their time. – Camille Pissarro
  14. I was not surprised by the results of the Horizon experiments, but I remain willing to observe and consider any and all other tests that are done under similarly precise conditions. – James Randi

Usage examples for observe

  1. Observe whence it comes. ” – The Pursuit of the House-Boat by John Kendrick Bangs
  2. “ I did not observe that I was so near. ” – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  3. Olga, I would seriously advise you to devote yourself to the study of medicine, you are so quick to observe symptoms of illness in those about you. ” – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
  4. Observe their course with him. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  5. You will be told what to observe and what to ignore. ” – The Unlearned by Raymond F. Jones
  6. “ " Observe the effect of three weeks in France. ” – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  7. But you will observe that I have brought some strangers home with me. ” – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  8. You have but to observe four rules. ” – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  9. “ I must here observe that this was the first voyage that the captain who commanded the vessel had ever made on board of her, and that he knew little or nothing of the coast towards which we were bearing. ” – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  10. While the class works, carefully observe each pupil and give individual help to those who require it. ” – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management by Ministry of Education
  11. “ I ran with Steele, and did not observe his condition until suddenly he fell right down in the street. ” – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  12. You will observe I have still eight weeks of my six months to run. ” – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  13. Many people passed down that usually quiet street, stopping to observe or point out where Mark Twain lived. ” – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  14. You do not observe well. ” – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  15. “ " You observe no doubt, Miss Melcombe," he said, " that I am speaking of Joseph Swan?" ” – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  16. “ I did not fail to observe also, the form of the parchment. ” – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill
  17. She did not observe Mr. Emerson's companion. ” – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  18. But he did not seem to observe it, although he perceived it, and felt it; for he understood its meaning. ” – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  19. “ Is it thus you observe our laws, Ah Sing? ” – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  20. You will carefully observe the directions given in this? ” – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)

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