observation Definition

  • 1the action or process of observing something or someone carefully or in order to gain information
  • 2a remark, statement, or comment based on something one has seen, heard, or noticed

Using observation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "observation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police officer made an observation of the suspect's behavior.

  • Example

    The scientist recorded his observations in a notebook.

  • Example

    Her keen powers of observation allowed her to notice details others missed.

  • Example

    The teacher's observation of the student's progress was positive.

observation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for observation

Idioms Using observation

  • keep/hold (one's) observations to (oneself)

    to not share one's opinions or thoughts about something


    I think it's best if you keep your observations to yourself during the meeting.

  • imitating someone is the sincerest form of compliment


    She started dressing like her favorite celebrity because she believed that observation is the best form of flattery.

  • a type of Ferris wheel that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area


    The observation wheel at the amusement park is one of the most popular attractions.

Phrases with observation

  • being watched or monitored closely, especially for medical reasons


    The patient is currently under observation in the hospital.

  • an elevated platform or area that provides a good view of the surrounding area


    The observation deck at the top of the tower offers a stunning view of the city.

  • a position set up to observe and monitor a particular area or activity


    The military set up an observation post to keep watch over the enemy's movements.

Origins of observation

from Latin 'observatio', meaning 'attention'


Summary: observation in Brief

The term 'observation' [ˌɒbzəˈveɪʃən] refers to the act of carefully watching or examining something or someone in order to gain information. It can also refer to a remark or comment based on what one has seen or noticed. Examples include 'The scientist recorded his observations in a notebook' and 'The teacher's observation of the student's progress was positive.' Phrases like 'under observation' and idioms like 'observation is the best form of flattery' extend its usage.

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