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Definition of 'observe'


  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 find discover 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: note mention remark
  3. observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of this chemical reaction"
       Synonyms: note take note
  4. watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"
  5. show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
       Synonyms: respect honor honour abide by
       Antonyms: disrespect
  6. celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments"; "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur"
       Synonyms: celebrate keep
  7. 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"
       Synonyms: watch follow watch over keep an eye on
  8. observe 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
       Antonyms: transgress offend infract violate go against breach break

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