1. [ verb ] discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Synonyms: find notice discover detect

"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water" "We found traces of lead in the paint"

Related terms: sight develop trace find_out sense see instantiate discover observation determination discovery perceiver detector discovery discovery notice detection finding observation observation detecting discoverer detector
2. [ verb ] make mention of
Synonyms: note remark mention

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

Related terms: state comment remark observer notice note
3. [ verb ] observe with care or pay close attention to
Synonyms: note take_note

"Take note of this chemical reaction"

Related terms: perceiver observation notice perceive
4. [ verb ] watch attentively

"Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

Related terms: watch monitor scout track bird observation observation
5. [ verb ] show respect towards
Synonyms: respect honor abide_by honour

"honor your parents!"

Related terms: disrespect accept lionize tolerate respect esteem deference honoring
6. [ verb ] celebrate, as of holidays or rites
Synonyms: celebrate keep

"Keep the commandments" "celebrate Christmas" "Observe Yom Kippur"

Related terms: commemorate mourn solemnize ceremony celebration celebrant celebration
7. [ verb ] follow with the eyes or the mind
Synonyms: watch keep_an_eye_on follow watch_over

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

Related terms: check guard invigilate keep_tabs_on trace perceiver observation notice watch
8. [ verb ] observe correctly or closely
Synonyms: keep maintain

"The pianist kept time with the metronome" "keep count" "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

Related terms: observation observation observation
9. [ verb ] conform one's action or practice to
Synonyms: keep

"keep appointments" "she never keeps her promises" "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

Related terms: make_good keeping honoring
Similar spelling:   observer