Observe Ob*serve" ([o^]b*z[~e]rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Observed} ([o^]b*z[~e]rvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Observing}.] [L. observare, observatum; ob (see {Ob-}) + servare to save, preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See {Serve}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread. --Ex. xii. 17. [1913 Webster]

He wolde no such cursedness observe. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Must I budge? Must I observe you? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

With solemn purpose to observe Immutably his sovereign will. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to notice; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army; to observe an accident. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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