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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : discovered or determined by scientific observation;
            "variation in the ascertained flux depends on a number
            of factors"; "the discovered behavior norms";
            "discovered differences in achievement"; "no
            explanation for the observed phenomena" [syn: ascertained,