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

Synonyms for observation in the sense of this definition

(observation 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 observation ) 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 observation ) the act of observing

"several sightings of enemy troops were reported"

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

Definition 2: the act of making and recording a measurement - [noun denoting act]

(observation is a kind of ...) the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule

"the measurements were carefully done" "his mental measurings proved remarkably accurate"

(... is a kind of observation ) an observation made with a radio telescope

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

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

  • he escaped the notice of the police

Synonyms for observation in the sense of this definition

(observation 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 observation ) attention

"don't pay him any mind"

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

"it passed without remark"

Definition 4: facts learned by observing - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • he reported his observations to the mayor

(observation is a kind of ...) a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

"first you must collect all the facts of the case"

(... is a kind of observation ) an observation that has been confirmed repeatedly and is accepted as true (although its truth is never final)

Definition 5: a remark expressing careful consideration - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for observation in the sense of this definition

(observation is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

(... is an instance of observation) C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done

(... is an instance of observation) C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion

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