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"observation" in British English

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observationnoun

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

observation noun (WATCHING)

B2 [U] the ​act of ​observing something or someone: close observation of ​nature/​humannature/​animalbehaviour 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 ​musicalcomposition. May I make an observation?
(Definition of observation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"observation" in American English

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observationnoun

 us   /ˌɑb·zərˈveɪ·ʃən/

observation noun (REMARK)

[C] a ​remark made about something you have ​noticed: She made an ​interesting observation about the poet’s ​intentions.

observation noun (EXAMINE)

science [C] the ​recordedinformation that ​results from ​studying a ​scientificevent

observation noun (WATCH)

[U] the ​act of ​watching something or someone ​carefully: He was ​admitted to the ​hospital for observation after ​complaining of ​chestpains.

observation noun (NOTICE)

[U] the ​ability to ​notice something or someone: He has ​remarkablepowers of observation.
(Definition of observation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “observation”
in Arabic مُراقَبة…
in Korean 관찰…
in Portuguese observação…
in Catalan observació…
in Japanese 観察, 監視…
in Chinese (Simplified) 观察, 观测, 监视…
in Turkish inceleme, gözlem, müşahade…
in Russian наблюдение, наблюдательность, замечание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 觀察, 觀測, 監視…
in Italian osservazione…
in Polish obserwacja, uwaga…
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