OBSERVE

WORD OF THE WEEK

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observe ( observar )

verb ob·serve \əb-ˈzərv\

: to watch and sometimes also listen to (someone or something) carefully

: to see and notice (someone or something)

: to make a comment about something you notice

FULL DEFINITION OF OBSERVE

transitive verb


1: to conform one's action or practice to (as a law, rite, or condition) : comply with


2: to inspect or take note of as an augury, omen, or presage


3: to celebrate or solemnize (as a ceremony or festival) in a customary or accepted way


4a : to watch carefully especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment


b : to make a scientific observation on or of


5: to come to realize or know especially through consideration of noted facts


6: to utter as a remark


intransitive verb


1a : to take notice

b : to make observations : watch


2: remark, comment

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EXAMPLES OF OBSERVE

  1. The class will be observing the movements of fish.
  2. The patient must be observed constantly.
  3. Children learn by observing their parents and others.
  4. The new teacher will give the lesson today and the principal will observe.
  5. We observed a large flock of birds heading north.
  6. He observed two children playing with marbles on the street corner.
  7. She observed that every man in the room had removed his hat.
  8. Few cases of the disease have been observed in humans.
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