Observe vs Accept - What's the difference?

observe | accept |

As verbs the difference between observe and accept

is that observe is while accept is to receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.

As an adjective accept is

(obsolete) accepted.




  • (lb) To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.
  • :
  • *1892 , (Arthur Conan Doyle),
  • *:“One horse?” interjected Holmes. ¶ “Yes, only one.” ¶ “Did you observe the colour?”
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-03, author=Frank Fish, George Lauder
  • , volume=101, issue=2, page=114, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Not Just Going with the Flow , passage=An extreme version of vorticity is a vortex . The vortex is a spinning, cyclonic mass of fluid, which can be observed in the rotation of water going down a drain, as well as in smoke rings, tornados and hurricanes.}}
  • (lb) To follow or obey the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).
  • :
  • *Bible, (w)
  • *:Ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 10, author=Jeremy Wilson, work=Telegraph
  • , title= England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , passage=A sell-out crowd of 10,000 then observed perfectly a period of silence before the team revealed their black armbands, complete with stitched-in poppies, for the match. After Fifa’s about-turn, it must have been a frantic few days for the England kit manufacturer. The on-field challenge was altogether more straightforward. }}
  • (lb) To comment on something; to make an observation.
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  • *
  • *:Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ ("I never) understood it," she observed , lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
  • Synonyms

    * (follow a custom) celebrate

    Derived terms

    * observance * observant * observation * observational * observatory * observer


    * * English reporting verbs ----




    (en verb)
  • To receive, especially with a consent, with favour, or with approval.
  • * (rfdate)
  • She accepted of a treat.
  • * (rfdate), Psalms 20:3
  • The Lord accept thy burnt sacrifice.
  • To admit to a place or a group.
  • The Boy Scouts were going to accept him as a member.
  • To regard as proper, usual, true, or to believe in.
  • I accept the fact that Christ lived.
  • To receive as adequate or satisfactory.
  • To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to.
  • I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
  • To endure patiently.
  • I accept my punishment.
  • (transitive, legal, business) To agree to pay.
  • To receive officially
  • to accept the report of a committee
  • To receive something willingly.
  • I accept .


    * receive * take * withtake * admit


    * reject * decline

    Derived terms

    * accepted * acceptedly * accepter * acceptive * accept a bill * accept person * accept service


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Accepted.
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), , V-ii
  • Pass our accept and peremptory answer.