• To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.
  • To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).
  • To take note of and celebrate (a holiday or similar occurrence); to follow (a type of time or calendar reckoning).
  • To comment on something; to make an observation.



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  • From Middle French observer, from Old French, from Latin observare ("to watch, note, mark, heed, guard, keep, pay attention to, regard, comply with, etc."), from ob + servare, from Proto-Indo-European *serw- ("to guard"). Cognate with Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐍂𐍅𐌰 ("weapons, armour"), Old English searu ("device, design, contrivance, art, cunning, craft, artifice, wile, deceit, stratagem, ambush, treachery, plot, trick, snare, ambuscade, cleverness, machine, engine, fabric, armor, equipment, arms").

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