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English verb: observe

1. observe (perception) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

SamplesShe detected high levels of lead in her drinking water.
We found traces of lead in the paint.

Synonymsdetect, discover, find, notice

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)sight, spy

Narrower (hyponym)catch out, find out, instantiate, see, sense, trace

Verb groupdiscover, find

2. observe (communication) make mention of

SamplesShe observed that his presentation took up too much time.
They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing.

Synonymsmention, note, remark

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)comment, notice, point out, remark

3. observe (perception) observe with care or pay close attention to

SamplesTake note of this chemical reaction.

Synonymsnote, take note

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Entailcomprehend, perceive

4. observe (perception) watch attentively

SamplesPlease observe the reaction of these two chemicals.

ExamplesThe customs agents observe the bags for drugs

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)watch

Narrower (hyponym)bird, birdwatch, monitor, monitor, reconnoiter, reconnoitre, scout, supervise, track

5. observe (social) show respect towards

SamplesHonor your parents!.

Synonymsabide by, honor, honour, respect

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accept

Narrower (hyponym)celebrate, lionise, lionize, tolerate


6. observe (social) behave as expected during of holidays or rites

SamplesKeep the commandments.
Celebrate Christmas.
Observe Yom Kippur.

Synonymscelebrate, keep

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)commemorate, mark, mourn, solemnise, solemnize

7. observe (social) follow with the eyes or the mind

SamplesKeep an eye on the baby, please!.
The world is watching Sarajevo.
She followed the men with the binoculars.

ExamplesThe children observe the ball

Synonymsfollow, keep an eye on, watch, watch over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out

Narrower (hyponym)guard, invigilate, keep tabs on, proctor

Verb groupfollow, trace

8. observe (cognition) stick to correctly or closely

SamplesThe pianist kept time with the metronome.
Keep count.
I cannot keep track of all my employees.

Synonymskeep, maintain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

9. observe (social) conform one's action or practice to

SamplesKeep appointments.
She never keeps her promises.
We kept to the original conditions of the contract.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)make good

Antonymsbreach, infract, transgress, go against, offend, violate, break

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