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Dictionary definition for: Observe

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) make mention of; "She observed that his presentation took up too much time" "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"

3. (v) observe with care or pay close attention to; "Take note of this chemical reaction"

4. (v) watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

5. (v) show respect towards; "honor your parents!"

6. (v) celebrate, as of holidays or rites; "Keep the commandments" "celebrate Christmas" "Observe Yom Kippur"

7. (v) 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"

8. (v) observe correctly or closely; "The pianist kept time with the metronome" "keep count" "I cannot keep track of all my employees"

9. (v) conform one''s action or practice to; "keep appointments" "she never keeps her promises" "We kept to the original conditions of the contract"

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