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noun observation pronunciation in British English /ˌɒbzə(r)ˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of watching someone or something carefully, in order to find something out

    She’s been admitted to hospital for observation.

    observation of:

    a detailed observation of the birds that visited the garden

  2. 2
    [countable] a written or spoken comment about something that you have seen, heard, or felt
    make an observation:

    She made several excellent observations in her essay on Charles Dickens.

    observation on/about:

    He made some sarcastic observations about marriage.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the ability to notice things
    powers of observation:

    Most children have great powers of observation.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the practice of obeying a law, rule, or custom
    observation of:

    the observation of religious customs

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