Notebook, 1993-



Observation is to mark or to be attentive to something; to consider carefully; to watch steadily [Includes: Viewing, Relating, Comparing, Measuring . . . . To Notice, See, watch, Regard, Attend, follow . . . . To Detect, Discover, Consider, Note, Mark, Learn . . . . To Keep, Comply, Conform, Obey, Maintain [In regard to any Occurrence, Purpose, Demonstration, Information, Gesture, Measure, Record, Behavior, Skill, Appropriate Procedure, Form or Ceremony that is to be learned or obtained.]

C  O  N  S  I  D  E  R



Attend to, keep, save, pay heed to....




Watch [steadily]


Note, mark





Witness [be able to give an account as evidence]

Mark or be attentive to

Consider [carefully]

State, remark, comment

Follow, fulfill, celebrate, keep

Keep, maintain, conduct, obey, compley, conform to



Information obtained and/or learned

Record obtained and/or learned





Observance of appropriate procedure, method, ceremony, or law

R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
Observation 1. the act or an instance of noticing or perceiving. 2. the act or an instance of regarding attentively or watching. 3. the faculty or habit of observing or noticing. 4. notice: to escape a person's observation. 5. the act or an instance of viewing or noting a fact or occurrence for some scientific or other special purpose. 6. the information or record obtained by such an act. 7. something that is learned in the course of observing things. 8. a remark, comment, or statement. 9. the condition of being observed. 10. Navig. the measurement of the altitutude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes. 11. Obs. observance, as of the law.

Observe 1. to see, watch, perceive, or notice. 2. to regard with attention so as to see or learn something, esp. for a scientific or official purpose: to observe an eclipse. 3. to state by way of comment; remark. 4. to keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.: You must observe quiet. 5. to obey, comply with, or conform to, as a law. 6. to show regard for by some appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.: to observe a holiday. -v.i. 7. to notice. 8. to act as an observer. 9. to remark or comment. [ME observe(n) < MF observe(r) < L observáre to watch, regard, attend to = ob- OB- + serváre to keep, save, pay heed to] -Syn. 1. discover, detect. 2. note. OBSERVE, WITNESS imply paying strict attention to what one sees or perceives. To OBSERVE is to mark or be attentive to something seen, heard, etc.; to consider carefully; to watch steadily: to observe the behavior of birds, to observe a personÍs pronounciation. To WITNESS, formerly to be present when something was happening, has added the idea of having observed with sufficient care to be able to give an account as evidence: to witness an accident. 5. follow, fulfill. 6. celebrate, keep. -Ant. 1, 2, 5, 6. ignore

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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