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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·serve /əbˈzɝv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·serve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Observed p. pr. & vb. n. Observing.]
 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.
    Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.   --Ex. xii. 17.
    He wolde no such cursedness observe.   --Chaucer.
    Must I budge? Must I observe you?   --Shak.
 With solemn purpose to observe
 Immutably his sovereign will.   --Milton.
 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.
 3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·serve, v. i.
 1. To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.
 2. To make a remark; to comment; to make an observation3; -- generally with on or upon.
    I have barely quoted . . . without observing upon it.   --Pope.
 Syn: -- To remark. See Remark.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;
           "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking
           water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint" [syn: detect,
            find, discover, notice]
      2: make mention of; "She observed that his presentation took up
         too much time"; "They noted that it was a fine day to go
         sailing" [syn: note, mention, remark]
      3: observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of
         this chemical reaction" [syn: note, take note]
      4: watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two
      5: show respect towards; "honor your parents!" [syn: respect,
          honor, honour, abide by] [ant: disrespect]
      6: celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments";
         "celebrate Christmas"; "Observe Yom Kippur" [syn: celebrate,
      7: follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby,
         please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed
         the men with the binoculars" [syn: watch, follow, watch
         over, keep an eye on]
      8: observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with
         the metronome"; "keep count"; "I cannot keep track of all
         my employees" [syn: keep, maintain]
      9: conform one's action or practice to; "keep appointments";
         "she never keeps her promises"; "We kept to the original
         conditions of the contract" [syn: keep]