1 notice/watch
carefully, closely

It is not possible to observe this phenomenon directly.


It is the parents who actually observe these problems in their children.

just, simply

You can learn a lot by simply observing.

generally, normally, typically, usually

She stood there, quietly observing the domestic scene.


This phenomenon has been observed experimentally.

be able to
be possible to
be difficult to
be interesting to

It is interesting to observe the reaction of the children to these changes.

expect to
need to
get to
continue to

A similar pattern was observed among Hispanics.


The patient should be observed for signs of an allergic reaction.


unaware that she was being observed from the window

be commonly observed, be frequently observed, be widely observed

This ritual is commonly observed among several ethnic groups.

be easily observed, be readily observed
be occasionally observed, be rarely observed
an opportunity to observe sb/sth, time to observe sth
2 make a remark
astutely, correctly, keenly, rightly, shrewdly

She correctly observed that there was very little difference between the two parties on domestic policies.

drily, wryly

‘You took your time,’ he observed coolly.

mildly, quietly

The only certainties in this world, as Benjamin Franklin famously observed, are death and taxes.


‘It's easy to say that,’ she observed to Michael, ‘but can you prove it?’

3 obey rules
correctly, faithfully, scrupulously, strictly

This procedure must be correctly observed.

fail to
failure to observe sth

Failure to observe club rules may result in expulsion.

Observe is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑researcher
Observe is used with these nouns as the object: ↑association, ↑behaviour, ↑ceasefire, ↑change, ↑class, ↑condition, ↑convention, ↑correlation, ↑custom, ↑defect, ↑difference, ↑discrepancy, ↑distribution, ↑effect, ↑expression, ↑fast, ↑festival, ↑frequency, ↑galaxy, ↑improvement, ↑increase, ↑law, ↑meeting, ↑movement, ↑phenomenon, ↑precaution, ↑progress, ↑reduction, ↑regulation, ↑response, ↑result, ↑ritual, ↑rule, ↑sabbath, ↑shift, ↑silence, ↑speed limit, ↑surroundings, ↑trend, ↑variation

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