Synonyms of observe in English:


See definition of observe


1‘she observed that almost all the chairs were occupied’


notice, see, note, perceive, discern, remark, spot, detect, discover, distinguish, make out

literary espy, descry, behold


overlook, fail to see

2‘Rob stood in the hall, from where he could observe the happenings on the street’


watch, see, look at, eye, contemplate, view, survey, regard, witness, keep an eye on, scrutinize, keep under observation, keep watch on, keep under surveillance, monitor, keep under scrutiny, watch like a hawk, keep a weather eye on, spy on, check out, reconnoitre

informal get a load of, keep tabs on, keep a tab on, case, keep a beady eye on

British informal clock, take a butcher's at, take a dekko at, take a gander at, take a shufti at, recce

North American informal eyeball

archaic twig

rare surveil

3‘‘You look tired,’ she observed’


comment, remark, say, mention, note, declare, announce, state, utter, pronounce, interpose, interject

formal opine

4‘the European Council called on the parties involved to observe the ceasefire’


comply with, abide by, keep, obey, adhere to, conform to, heed, honour, respect, be heedful of, pay attention to, follow, acquiesce in, consent to, accept, defer to, fulfil, stand by


disregard, ignore, break

5‘relations gathered to observe the funeral rites’


participate in, partake in, be present at, celebrate, keep

commemorate, solemnize, mark, memorialize, remember, recognize