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observer

Noun

1 a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses [syn: perceiver, beholder]
2 an expert who observes and comments on something [syn: commentator]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From observe.

Pronunciation

  • /əb'zɜ:və/

Noun

  1. One who watches, monitors or takes notice
    Most impartial observers agreed that Sampras had not served well.
  2. One who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.
    I shall be an observer of the local customs.
  3. A person sent, as a delegate, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate
    The UN sent many observers to the country's first elections.
  4. A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft
    The only crew-member to survive the crash was the Canadian observer.
  5. A sentry etc manning an observation post
    We waited till dusk when the observers vision was poorest.

Translations

A person who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.
he who watches, monitors or takes notice
A person sent, as a delegate, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate
A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft
A sentry etc manning an observation post

French

Pronunciation

  • /ɔpsɛrve/

Verb

observer
  1. to observe, to watch
  2. to note, to notice
  3. to keep, to maintain

Conjugation

Extensive Definition

Observer can have the following meanings:

See also

observer in Czech: Pozorovatel
observer in German: Beobachter
observer in Japanese: オブザーバー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

TV-viewer, ace, air force, beholder, bird-watcher, bomber pilot, bystander, combat pilot, drugstore cowboy, examinant, examiner, eyewitness, fighter pilot, flyboy, gaper, gazer, gazer-on, girl-watcher, goggler, inspector, investigator, kibitzer, looker, looker-on, military pilot, naval pilot, ogler, onlooker, perceiver, percipient, scrutineer, seer, sidewalk superintendent, spectator, spectatress, spectatrix, suicide pilot, televiewer, television-viewer, tester, video-gazer, viewer, visitator, visitor, watcher, witness
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