Definitions of observe

  1. show respect towards; " honor your parents!"
  2. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; " Keep the commandments"; " celebrate Christmas"; " Observe Yom Kippur"
  3. observe correctly or closely; " The pianist kept time with the metronome"; " keep count"; " I cannot keep track of all my employees"
  4. 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"
  5. make mention of; " She observed that his presentation took up too much time"; " They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
  6. observe with care or pay close attention to; " Take note of this chemical reaction"
  7. conform one's action or practice to; " keep appointments"; " she never keeps her promises"; " We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
  8. watch attentively; " Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.
  12. To make a remark; to comment; - generally with on or upon.
  13. To take notice of; to watch closely; to keep or celebrate; to remark.
  14. To take notice; to comment.
  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 notice; regard attentively; remark; comply with.
  18. To celebrate; comply with.
  19. To remark incidentally.
  20. To notice; to take notice of; to remark; to celebrate; to comply with.
  21. To be attentive; to remark.
  22. 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.

Usage examples for observe

  1. " You observe, no doubt, Miss Melcombe," he said, " that I am speaking of Joseph Swan?" – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  2. You have but to observe four rules. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  3. But you will observe that I have brought some strangers home with me. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  4. You will be told what to observe and what to ignore. – The Unlearned by Raymond F. Jones
  5. 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
  6. I did not observe that I was so near. – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  7. You do not observe well. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  8. She did not observe Mr. Emerson's companion. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  9. You will carefully observe the directions given in this? – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  10. I did not fail to observe, also, the form of the parchment. – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill
  11. Observe their course with him. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. Is it thus you observe our laws, Ah Sing? – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  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. 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
  15. Observe whence it comes. – The Pursuit of the House-Boat by John Kendrick Bangs
  16. 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
  17. 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