Definition of observer in English:


Line breaks: ob|ser¦ver
Pronunciation: /əbˈzəːvə


  • 1A person who watches or notices something: to a casual observer, he was at peace
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    • For instance, on the island site of the ‘Three Pools Mirroring the Moon’ even a casual observer may notice something slightly odd about some of the trees.
    • A casual observer might have noticed they were all drinking pints of Caledonian 80 Shilling, but they were not only there to enjoy the local ale.
    • These are the kind of clues that might escape the notice of the casual observer.
    spectator, onlooker, watcher, looker-on, fly on the wall, viewer, witness, eyewitness, bystander, sightseer; commentator, reporter, blogger, monitor
    informal rubberneck
    literary beholder
  • 1.1A person who follows events closely and comments publicly on them: some observers expect interest rates to rise
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    • But analysts and observers who followed the six-week trial of the men say the proceedings failed to shed light on the claimed plot and that little hard evidence was introduced in court.
    • We expected observers to use the public information available to them and thus prefer the ‘rich’ patch.
    • No one has represented the divided self better-the analyst, the observer, the commentator who serves as witness of the one who has come through.
  • 1.2A person posted in an official capacity to an area to monitor political or military events: elections scrutinized by international observers
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    • Musa is Amnesty International's official observer of the Military Commission trials at the bay.
    • Not only that, the IRA has already put some of its weapons beyond use as overseen by official international observers.
    • Also, it is reported today that for the first time the government has asked international observers to monitor the last week of the election campaign.
  • 1.3A person who attends a conference, inquiry, etc., to note the proceedings without participating in them: he had been invited to attend the meeting as an observer
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    • Mr and Mrs Taylor have also discovered that they are too late to object to the plan and can now only attend the inquiry as observers.
    • In addition to the mediators, 19 figures representing numerous groups who attended the meeting as observers, also witnessed the signing of the peace deal.
    • His present partner attends but is an observer not a participant.
  • 1.4A person trained to spot and identify enemy aircraft or to reconnoitre enemy positions from the air: the Royal Observer Corps
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    • Future battles will have unmanned systems as forward sensor / observers detecting and identifying high-value targets and calling for fires.
    • Capt Donald regularly flew all types of missions in fixed wing aircraft and acted as an observer in rotary wing aircraft.
    • Joe also spent time at an aerial machine-gunnery school where observers and gunners were trained.

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