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observation

noun uk   /ˌɒb.zəˈveɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌɑːb.zɚ-/

observation noun (WATCHING)

B2 [U] the act of observing something or someone: close observation of nature/human nature/animal behaviour The police are keeping the suspect under observation. She was admitted to hospital for observation (= so that doctors could watch her and see if anything was wrong with her).

observation noun (NOTICING)

B2 [U] the fact that you notice or see something: She has remarkable powers of observation (= is very good at noticing things).C1 [C] formal a remark about something that you have noticed: The book is full of interesting observations on/about the nature of musical composition. May I make an observation?
Translations of “observation”
in Korean 관찰…
in Arabic مُراقَبة…
in Portuguese observação…
in Catalan observació…
in Japanese 観察, 監視…
in Italian osservazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 觀察, 觀測, 監視…
in Russian наблюдение, наблюдательность, замечание…
in Turkish inceleme, gözlem, müşahade…
in Chinese (Simplified) 观察, 观测, 监视…
in Polish obserwacja, uwaga…
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