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Definition 1: the act of observing; taking a patient look - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for observance in the sense of this definition

(observance is a kind of ...) the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

"he went out to have a look" "his look was fixed on her eyes" "he gave it a good looking at" "his camera does his looking for him"

(... is a kind of observance ) the act of observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)

"the monitoring of enemy communications plays an important role in war times"

(... is a kind of observance ) the act of observing

"several sightings of enemy troops were reported"

(... is a kind of observance ) observation of the stars

Definition 2: conformity with law or custom or practice etc. - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for observance in the sense of this definition

(observance is a kind of ...) acting according to certain accepted standards

"their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"

(... is a kind of observance ) strict observance of formalities

Definition 3: the act of noticing or paying attention - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where observance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he escaped the notice of the police

Synonyms for observance in the sense of this definition

(observance is a kind of ...) the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

(... is a kind of observance ) attention

"don't pay him any mind"

(... is a kind of observance ) explicit notice

"it passed without remark"

Definition 4: a formal event performed on a special occasion - [noun denoting event]

Samples where observance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor

Synonyms for observance in the sense of this definition

(observance is a kind of ...) a vaguely specified social event

"the party was quite an affair" "an occasion arranged to honor the president" "a seemingly endless round of social functions"

(... is a kind of observance ) a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money

(... is a kind of observance ) a requirement of etiquette or custom

"a mere formality"

(... is a kind of observance ) the ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers

(... is a kind of observance ) (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches

"academic exercises"

(... is a kind of observance ) a formal entry into an organization or position or office

"his initiation into the club" "he was ordered to report for induction into the army" "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"

(... is a kind of observance ) a formal ceremony performed by military personnel

(... is a kind of observance ) a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something

(... is a kind of observance ) a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise

(... is a kind of observance ) a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

(... is a kind of observance ) a rich and spectacular ceremony

(... is a kind of observance ) the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed

(... is a kind of observance ) a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

"hundreds of people attended his funeral"

(... is a kind of observance ) formal ceremony about important occasions

"pomp and circumstance"

(... is a kind of observance ) a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)

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