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- (UK) IPA (key): /əbˈzɜːv/ or /ɒbˈzɜːv/
- (US) (Canada) enPR: əb-zûrvʹ, IPA (key): /əbˈzɝv/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: ob‧serve
- (transitive & intransitive) If you observe something, you see or notice it.
- No problem behavior was observed among these students.
- My goal is to record what I observe during one session.
- A similar pattern was also observed in the posttest data.
- (transitive & intransitive) If you observe something, you watch it carefully.
- The moon is really too bright to observe through a telescope.
- He spent hours closely observing the weather and making careful notes.
- (transitive); (formal) If you observe something, usually a fact, you say or write it.
- When we were talking, he also observed that some new problems had come up.
- (transitive) If you observe a law or agreement, you follow it.
- Israel agreed to start moving out of West Bank towns if the Palestinians observed a cease-fire.
- (transitive) If you observe a special day, you do the traditional things that are done on that day, especially in a religion.
- Some 1 billion people around the world will do something to observe the anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.
- At a tent city on the outskirts of Islamabad in Pakistan, families observed the end of Ramadan by donating gifts to the earthquake survivors.
- The patient may be asked to observe some taboo, such as not having sex on a particular day.