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See also observé

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English

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Etymology

From French observer < Latin observare (to watch, note, mark, heed, guard, keep, pay attention to, regard, comply with, etc.) < ob (before) + servare (to keep); see serve.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to observe

Third person singular
observes

Simple past
observed

Past participle
observed

Present participle
observing

to observe (third-person singular simple present observes, present participle observing, simple past and past participle observed)

  1. (transitive) To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.
    From this vantage point we can observe the behavior of the animals in their natural habitat.
  2. (transitive) To follow the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion.)
    Please observe all posted speed limits.
  3. (intransitive) To comment on something; to make an observation.
    The senator observed that the bill would be detrimental to his constituents.

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Derived terms

External links

  • observe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • observe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams


French

Verb

observe

  1. First-person singular present indicative of observer.
  2. Third-person singular present indicative of observer.
  3. First-person singular present subjunctive of observer.
  4. Third-person singular present subjunctive of observer.
  5. Second-person singular imperative of observer.

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