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3-0 Observe - Introduction
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 obe?serve - Verb,   Observation - Noun , plural Observations


Definition observe - 1. (v.) To experience by our sensations of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting either from our own sensors or the sensors of some machine.

Middle English observen, to conform to, from Old French observer, from Latin observe?re, to abide by, watch : ob-, over; see OB- + serve?re, to keep, watch; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.]



Show IPA /obe-zerv/ Show Spelled [uhb-zurv] - IPA: International Phonetic Association

verb (used with object), ob-served, ob-serv-ing.

1. to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.

2. to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn something: I want you to observe her reaction to the judge's question.

3. to watch, view, or note for a scientific, official, or other special purpose: to observe an eclipse.

4. to state by way of comment; remark: He observed frequently that clerks were not as courteous as they used to be.

5. to keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.: You must observe quiet.

6. to obey, comply with, or conform to: to observe laws.

7. to show regard for by some appropriate procedure, ceremony, etc.: to observe Palm Sunday.

8. to perform duly or solemnize (ceremonies, rites, etc.).

9. to note or inspect closely for an omen or sign of future events.

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verb (used without object), ob-served, ob-serv-ing.

10. to notice.

11. to act as an observer.

12. to remark or comment (usually followed by on  or upon  )

1350-1400; Middle English observen  < Middle French observer  < Latin observ-re  to watch, regard, attend to, equivalent to ob- ob- + serv-re  to keep, save, pay heed to

ob-serv-ed-ly /bzrvdl[uhb-zur-vid-lee] Show IPA , adverb

ob-serv-ing-ly, adverb

non-ob-serv-ing, adjective

non-ob-serv-ing-ly, adverb

pre-ob-serve, verb (used with object), pre-ob-served, pre-ob-serv-ing.

qua-si-ob-served, adjective

re-ob-serve, verb, re-ob-served, re-ob-serv-ing.

self-ob-served, adjective

un-ob-served, adjective

un-ob-serv-ing, adjective

well-ob-served, adjective

2. note. Observe, witness imply paying strict attention to what one sees or perceives. Both are -continuative-? in action. To observe is to mark or be attentive to something seen, heard, etc.; to consider carefully; to watch steadily: to observe the behavior of birds, a person's pronunciation. To witness formerly to be present when something was happening, has added the idea of having observed with sufficient care to be able to give an account as evidence: to witness an accident. 4. mention, say. 6. follow, fulfill. 7. celebrate, keep.

1-3, 6-8. ignore.

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observe  ( [uh b-zurv] /əbˈzɜrv/  v)
- vb  (when intr, usually foll by  on or  upon; when  tr, may take a clause as object )
1. ( tr; may take a clause as object ) to see; perceive; notice: we have observed that you steal
2. ( when  tr, may take a clause as object ) to watch (something) carefully; pay attention to (something)
3. to make observations of (something), esp scientific ones
4. to make a comment or remark: the speaker observed that times had changed
5. ( tr ) to abide by, keep, or follow (a custom, tradition, law, holiday, etc)
[C14: via Old French from Latin observ-re,  from ob-  to + serv-re  to watch]
ob'servable  adj 

ob'servableness n 

observa'bility  n 

ob'servably adv

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to hold to" (a manner of life or course of conduct), from O.Fr. observer, from L. observare "watch over, look to, attend to, guard," from ob "over" + servare "to watch, keep safe," from PIE base *ser- "to protect." Meaning "to attend to in practice, to keep, follow" is attested from late
 14c. Sense of "watch, perceive, notice" is c.1560, via notion of "see and note omens." Meaning "to say by way of remark" is from c.1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary,  2010 Douglas Harper
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