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English definition of “observe”

observe

verb [T] (OBEY)   /əbˈzɜrv/
to obey a law or rule, or celebrate a holiday or religious event in a traditional way: You must observe the law.
(Definition of observe verb (OBEY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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