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observe meaning and definition

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Definition of observe (verb)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: detect, discover, find, notice
  2. make mention of
    • "She observed that his presentation took up too much time"; "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
    • synonyms: mention, note, remark
  3. observe with care or pay close attention to
  4. watch attentively
    • "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
  5. show respect towards
  6. behave as expected during of holidays or rites
    • "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
    • synonyms: celebrate, keep
  7. follow with the eyes or the mind
  8. stick to correctly or closely
    • "The pianist kept time with the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all my employees"
    • synonyms: keep, maintain
  9. conform one's action or practice to
    • "keep appointments"; "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"
    • synonyms: keep
    • antonym: breach
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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