observe observe  /əb ˈzɜrv/


  1. (v) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  2. (v) make mention of
  3. (v) observe with care or pay close attention to
  4. (v) watch attentively
  5. (v) show respect towards
  6. (v) behave as expected during of holidays or rites
  7. (v) follow with the eyes or the mind
  8. (v) stick to correctly or closely
  9. (v) conform one's action or practice to

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  1. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence in honor of 911 victims outside the White House as a single bugler played taps.
  2. When the cloak which allows you to observe is stripped from you, then the most useful and indeed fascinating tool of your work is taken with it.


  1. Gitmo lawsuit: End forced feedings

    With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, lawyers for four Guantanamo Bay captives are trying to end forced-feeding practices at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba. Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, Nabil Hadjarab and Abu Wa'el Dhiab seek a speedy hearing to have their complaint heard because Ramadan begins on the evening of July 8. The timing is urgent because Muslims who observe Ramadan fast ...
    on July 2, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio

  2. GSU Closed Thursday, Friday to Observe Fourth of July

    Grambling State University will be closed on Thursday and Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: NBC 10 - FOX 14 Monroe

  3. What’s open; closed on July 4

    Here’s how the following will observe Independence Day on Thursday:
    on July 1, 2013     Source: The Charlotte Observer


  1. McCain replied: "I don't think I did anything that any other American wouldn't do and the great honor and privilege of my life was to serve in the company of heroes and to observe a thousand acts of courage and compassion and love."
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: John McCain Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We have the feeling - but we will continue to observe that with great attention - that what is needed in terms of level of interventions on our part has been progressively diminishing," Trichet said.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Jean-Claude Trichet Source: Washington Post

  3. "Our conduct of our military today and throughout our nation's history makes this country very proud," Cheney said. "It is our prayer they will return in victory, safely home, to live out their lives and be here to observe many Veterans Days...
    on Nov 11, 2007 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: Guardian Unlimited

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