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Pronunciation : Ob*serve"
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [L.observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf.F. observer. See Serve.]
Definition : 1. 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. Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread. Ex. xii. 17. He wolde no such cursedness observe. Chaucer. Must I budge Must I observe you Shak. With solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovereign will. Milton.

2. 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.

3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.

t. [imp. & p. p. Observed; p. pr. & vb. n. Observing.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Ob*serve"
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.

2. To make a remark; to comment; -- generally with on or upon. I have barely quoted... without observing upon it. Pope.

Syn. -- To remark. See Remark.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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