Observe vs Found - What's the difference?

observe | found |

As verbs the difference between observe and found

is that observe is while found is (find) or found can be to begin building or found can be to melt, especially of metal in an industrial setting.

As a noun found is

food and lodging, board or found can be a thin, single-cut file for comb-makers.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (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.
  • :
  • *
  • *: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 ----



    Etymology 1

    see find.


  • Food and lodging, board.
  • {{quote-book
    , year=1872 , year_published=2009 , edition=HTML , editor= , author=James De Mille , title=The Cryptogram , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , isbn= , page= , passage=I'll only give you the usual payment--say five hundred dollars a year, and found'." / "And--what?" / "' Found --that is, board, you know, and clothing, of course, also. }}


  • (find)
  • Derived terms
    * found footage * lost and found

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) founder (French: fonder), from (etyl) fundare.


    (en verb)
  • To begin building.
  • To start some type of organization or company.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=4 citation , passage=“… That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh. Her own father recognised it when he bereft her of all power in the great business he founded . …”}}


    * (to start organization) establish


    * (to begin building) ruin * (to start organization) dissolve, abolish


    * Oxford Online Dictionary, found * WordNet 3.1: A Lexical Database for English, Princeton University

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) fondre.


    (en verb)
  • To melt, especially of metal in an industrial setting.
  • To form by melting a metal and pouring it into a mould; to cast.
  • * Milton
  • Whereof to found their engines.

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • A thin, single-cut file for comb-makers.
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