From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Observe \Ob*serve"\ ([o^]b*z[~e]rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Observed ([o^]b*z[~e]rvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Observing.]
   [L. observare, observatum; ob (see Ob-) + servare to save,
   preserve, keep, heed, observe: cf. F. observer. See Serve.]
   1. To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's
      action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to
      comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe
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            Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.
                                                  --Ex. xii. 17.
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            He wolde no such cursedness observe.  --Chaucer.
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            Must I budge? Must I observe you?     --Shak.
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            With solemn purpose to observe
            Immutably his sovereign will.         --Milton.
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   2. To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to
      notice with care; to see; to perceive; to notice; to
      discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color
      or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an
      army; to observe an accident.
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   3. To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark;
      to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

observed \observed\ adj.
   1. perceived with the eyes and sometimes with other senses;
      as, no explanation for the observed phenomena.
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   2. Detected by systematic scientific observation; as,
      variation in the observed flux may depend on a number of

   Syn: ascertained.
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   3. Perceived directly with the eyes; observed at first hand.

   Syn: seen, witnessed.
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