observe
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observe(
uhb
-
zuhrv
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to watch)
a. observar
This is a chance to observe these rare animals in their natural habitat.Esta es una oportunidad de observar estos animales poco comunes en su hábitat natural.
2. (to keep under observation)
a. vigilar
The secret services were observing what went on at the embassy.Los servicios secretos estaban vigilando lo que pasaba en la embajada.
b. observar
We observe the children in the classroom and monitor their progress.Observamos a los niños en el aula y seguimos sus progresos.
3. (to notice)
a. observar
I observed how he captured the audience's attention.Observé cómo captaba la atención del público.
b. ver
Did you observe him leaving the house?¿Lo viste salir de la casa?
4. (to comment)
a. observar
"That is not strictly true," she observed."Eso no es del todo cierto", observó.
5. (to abide by)
a. observar
When you join the club, you agree to observe the rules.Cuando te haces socio del club, te comprometes a observar las reglas.
b. respetar
I refuse to observe a law I do not agree with.Me niego a respetar una ley con la cual no estoy de acuerdo.
c. cumplir
Although the law was passed, it has never been observed.Aunque aprobaron la ley, nunca se cumplió.
d. acatar
The guidelines set out several principles which need to be observed.En las pautas se exponen varios principios que es necesario acatar.
e. guardar
We shall now observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims.Ahora guardaremos un minuto de silencio en memoria de las víctimas.
6. (to celebrate)
a. celebrar
Buddhists do not observe Christmas.Los budistas no celebran la Navidad.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to watch)
a. observar
We were asked to observe, without commenting.Se nos pidió observar sin comentar.
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observe
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (watch)
a. observar
2. (notice)
a. advertir
3. (say)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to observe that…señalar or observar que…
4. (law, customs)
a. observar, acatar
to observe the Sabbathguardar el descanso sabático
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observe [əbˈzɜːv]
transitive verb
1 (see, notice) observar; ver
I observed him steal the duck vi cómo robaba el pato
2 (watch carefully, study) observar; mirar; [+suspect] vigilar
now observe this closely ahora fijaos bien en esto
3 (remark) observar; comentar
"it looks like rain," he observed —parece que va a llover —observó or comentó él; I observed to him that ... le hice observar que ...; as Jeeves observed como observó Jeeves
4 (obey) [+rule, custom] observar; [+Sabbath, silence] guardar
failure to observe the law incumplimiento (m) de la ley
5 [+anniversary] celebrar
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observe I watch
The word observe is the present subjunctive form of observar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation. See the full observar conjugation.
observar
Listen to an audio pronunciation
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observar(
ohb
-
sehr
-
bahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look at)
a. to watch
El perro observaba la araña con curiosidad.The dog was curiously watching the spider.
b. to observe
Observó el eclipse solar con equipo especial.He observed the solar eclipse with special equipment.
2. (to perceive)
a. to see
Como puedes observar, hemos avanzado bien con el proyecto.As you can see, we have made good progress with the project.
b. to notice
El enfermero mencionó haber observado un movimiento extraño en los ojos del paciente.The nurse mentioned having noticed a strange movement of the patient's eyes.
c. to note
La gerente observó un patrón de conducta inapropiada en el departamento.The manager noted a pattern of inappropriate behavior in the department.
d. to observe
El médico observó una mejoría del paciente.The doctor observed an improvement in the patient.
3. (to comment)
a. to point out
Su abuela observó que no había espacio en la casa para cuidar un perro.Her grandmother pointed out that there wasn't enough room in the house for taking care of a dog.
b. to remark
Lucinda observó que el tráfico parecía cada vez peor.Lucinda remarked that the traffic seemed to be getting worse by the day.
c. to observe
"¡Qué elegante restaurante!", observó Marco."What an elegant restaurant!," observed Marco.
4. (to respect)
a. to observe
Para vivir en armonía con los demás, hay que observar las leyes.In order to live in harmony with others, the law must be observed.
b. to abide by
El maestro recordó a los alumnos la importancia de observar las normas.The teacher reminded the students of the importance of abiding by the rules.
c. to follow
Mi suegra todavía observa la tradición de servir a su esposo antes de sentarse a comer.My mother-in-law still follows the tradition of serving her husband before sitting down to eat.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me extrañó el comentario de Gloria, porque hasta ahora había observado una conducta respetuosa.I was surprised by Gloria's comment because up until now she had behaved respectfully.
En Ramadán, los musulmanes deben observar el ayuno durante el día.In Ramadan, muslims must fast during the day while it is light.
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observar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (contemplar)
a. to observe, to watch
observaban todos sus movimientos mediante unos prismáticosthey observed o followed all his movements through binoculars
2. (advertir)
a. to notice, to observe
no se observan anomalíasno problems have been noted
3. (acatar; ley, normas)
a. to observe, to respect
4. (conducta, costumbre)
a. to follow
5. (comentar, señalar)
a. to remark, to observe
“eso no es totalmente cierto”, observó“that's not entirely true”, he remarked o pointed out
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observar
transitive verb
1 (mirar) to observe; watch; (Astronomía) to observe
2 (notar) to see; notice
se observa una mejoría you can see o detect an improvement; observar que to observe that; notice that
3 (Latinoamérica)
observar algo a algn to point sth out to sb; draw sb's attention to sth
4 [+leyes] to observe; [+reglas] to abide by; adhere to
observar buena conducta (Perú) to behave o.s.
5 (mostrar) to show; give signs of
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