Meaning of observation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃn/

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  • 1mass noun The action or process of closely observing or monitoring something or someone.

    ‘she was brought into hospital for observation’
    • ‘units kept enemy forces under observation for days’
    • ‘detailed observations were carried out on the students' behaviour’
    • ‘A daily visit from a health care worker is scarcely the same as the continual observation as hospital staff carry out their duties.’
    • ‘The very processes of measurement and observation influence the subject and change him.’
    • ‘This strange limitation arises because the very process of observation is inseparable from the state being measured.’
    • ‘The process of observation is the receipt and recognition of raw information from the environment.’
    • ‘This process of using observation and experiment to refute false theories does not rely on induction in any way.’
    • ‘Lighting can be adjusted by dimming when critical observation and monitoring are no longer necessary.’
    • ‘With nonhuman primates like macaques, the learning process occurs through observation.’
    • ‘Vaccination alone will not control an outbreak without concurrent isolation of cases and monitoring and observation of contacts.’
    • ‘Greek doctors had started to look at the issue of poor health and disease by using a process of reasoning and observation.’
    • ‘Just like social survey research, structured observation necessitates decisions about sampling.’
    • ‘Declare a gang and gun amnesty to be followed by a three to six-month period of detailed observation and prosecution.’
    • ‘We use both field experiments and a dynamic game model to examine this counterintuitive observation.’
    • ‘One can readily accept that sacredness is not determined by the scientific criteria of measurement and analysis of observation.’
    • ‘Help was on the way in a very short time and the driver and passengers all got attention, and were sent to hospital for observation.’
    • ‘He said that he could not do anything that required detailed observation.’
    • ‘In case of missing assessments, we carried forward the last observation.’
    • ‘Her companion, who sustained minor injuries, was being kept in overnight for observation in the Mater Hospital.’
    • ‘Due to emotional instability, she was sent to the psychiatric ward at the Eastern District hospital for observation.’
    • ‘Doctors in Bristol fearing a second more serious attack kept him at Great Western Hospital for observation.’
    • ‘Lee was to be kept in the hospital for further observation until this afternoon.’
    watching, monitoring, scrutiny, examination, inspection, scrutinization, viewing, survey, surveillance, surveying, attention, consideration, study, review
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    1. 1.1The ability to notice things, especially significant details.
      ‘his powers of observation’
      • ‘The secrets to both skills are patience, observation and attention to detail, he said.’
      • ‘Tombaugh's highly detailed powers of observation led him to discover Pluto in 1930.’
      • ‘The camera is a detached observer, and the strength of the film lies in its acute power of observation and detail.’
      • ‘The whole thing is really propelled by your powers of observation and by your ability to shut up and get out of the way.’
      • ‘Despite being a medical man, I did not have my friend's amazing power of observation to notice the subtle differences in ears.’
      • ‘The magic is in the detail of his observation, revealing more about ingrained attitudes with a sentence than a volume of social studies.’
      • ‘His gift is the power of observation coupled with the unique ability to suffer and survive the better for it.’
      • ‘They had keen observation and reasoning powers, apart from good analytical abilities.’
      • ‘John Donne is among many who have also made this significant observation.’
      • ‘Moore suffuses her book with the rich detail and critical observation of a good reporter.’
      • ‘It testifies to his powers of observation and imagination and his storytelling abilities.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes' reputation rests upon his powers of observation, memory and deduction.’
      • ‘He was a natural when it came to telling stories and was renowned for his witty expressions and powers of observation.’
      • ‘It's the first day of school and my powers of observation alert me to an explicit phenomenon: skin is in.’
      • ‘His powers of observation and description are as fresh and vivid today as they must have seemed to his contemporaries.’
      • ‘As well as all that he had such a suave ability to get his own way, such humane and acute powers of observation.’
      • ‘A number of oil sketches from nature in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, reveal his powers of lively observation.’
      • ‘Admiring Mr Twain's skills of observation offers scant hope that human race is making any progress.’
      • ‘She differed from all the other models I had met in that she didn't take drugs and possessed a talent for shrewd observation.’
      • ‘While in general that's a remarkably perceptive observation, somehow it does not seem to apply to this place.’
      attention, observation, awareness, consciousness, perception, cognizance, heed, note
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    2. 1.2The act of taking the altitude of the sun or another celestial body to find a latitude or longitude.
      • ‘For it is the duty of an astronomer to record celestial motions through careful observation.’
  • 2A statement based on something one has seen, heard, or noticed.

    ‘he made a telling observation about Hughie’
    • ‘An appeal can be in the form of a funny question, a witty observation, opinion or comment.’
    • ‘I excerpted a quote that summed up the point of the piece, followed by an observation based on revelation.’
    • ‘So she wasn't surprised when he countered her obvious statement with an observation of his own.’
    • ‘In addressing this bill, I have to make the observation that we have heard it all now.’
    • ‘That is the first point I raise as a general observation and comment.’
    • ‘The journalist then continued with a remarkable observation on public opinion.’
    • ‘My observation, based on personal experience, is that some of the things you lose as you approach your third age are no real loss at all.’
    • ‘I would like to make three brief, concluding observations by way of answering this question.’
    • ‘There were, however, a number of more general observations in the judgment which we ought to note.’
    • ‘The important issue that arises is how best to conduct this battle, and a general observation upon it seems in order.’
    • ‘In response his son made an observation and asked a question that surprised the Shopkeeper very much indeed.’
    • ‘Just an observation: anybody else notice how many big brothers we have out there these days?’
    • ‘It was more of a quiet observation than a question but Marlo answered anyway.’
    • ‘It left his assistant Andy Watson to offer his observations on the game.’
    • ‘In these observations you get criticized if you open your mouth at all.’
    • ‘Having often done so, I offer the following observations about the Foss Islands site.’
    • ‘At some risk of attempting to show ancestors how to suck eggs may I offer the following observations?’
    • ‘Morris's criticisms and observations in two reports could not be more serious.’
    • ‘It was a general observation, not one aimed at Johnston.’
    • ‘What a funny observation, and as I heard it from other girls I'm not really sure what boys think about it all.’
    remark, comment, statement, utterance, pronouncement, declaration
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘respectful adherence to the requirements of rules or ritual’): from Latin observatio(n-), from the verb observare (see observe).