Synonyms of observation
1 watching • careful observation of the movement of the planets
study • the use of maps and visual evidence in the study of local history
survey • He sniffed the perfume she wore, then gave her a quick survey.
review • a review on the training and education of over-16s
notice • Nothing that went on in the hospital escaped her notice.
investigation • He ordered an investigation into the affair.
attention • He turned his attention to the desperate state of housing in the province.
consideration • He said there should be careful consideration of the company's future role.
examination • They have taken the documents away for examination.
inspection • A routine inspection of the vessel turned up 50 kg of the drug.
scrutiny • His private life came under media scrutiny.
surveillance • He was arrested after being kept under constant surveillance.
contemplation • He was lost in contemplation of the landscape.
perusal • a quick perusal of the situations-vacant column
2 commentDictionary • This book contains observations about the nature of addiction.
comment • He had added a few comments in the margin.
note • See note 16 on page 223.
statement • He now disowns that statement, saying he was depressed when he made it.
explanation • his lucid explanation of the mysteries of cricket
exposition • Her speech was an exposition of her beliefs in freedom and justice.
annotation • He supplied annotations to 15,000 musical works.
elucidation • a work devoted to the elucidation of James Joyce's greatest novel
obiter dictum (Latin)
3 remarkDictionary • Is that a criticism or just an observation?
remark • She has made outspoken remarks on the issue.
thought • It is my thought that the situation will be resolved.
comment • He made these comments at a news conference.
reflection • After days of reflection she decided to write back.
assertion • assertions that the recession is truly over
utterance • the Queen's public utterances
4 observance of • strict observation of oil quotaswith of
carrying out of
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annotationAn annotation is a note that is added to a text or diagram, often in order to explain it.
• He supplied annotations to 15,000 musical works.
assertionIf someone asserts a fact or belief, they state it firmly. (noun)
• assertions that the recession is truly over
attentionIf you give someone or something your attention, you look at it, listen to it, or think about it carefully.
• He turned his attention to the desperate state of housing in the province.
Thesaurus for observation from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act of observing or the state of being observed