HyperDic: observance

English > 4 senses of the word observance:
NOUNactobservance, observation, watchingthe act of observing / observing
eventobservance, ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasiona formal event performed on a special occasion
cognitionobservance, notice, observationthe act of noticing or paying attention
actobservance, honoringconformity with law or custom / custom or practice etc.
observance > pronunciation
Soundsahbzer'vahns
Rhymesabeyance ... virulence: 273 rhymes with ahns...
English > observance: 4 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe act of observing / observing; taking a patient look.
Synonymsobservation, watching
NarrowermonitoringThe act of observing / observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)
sightingThe act of observing / observing
stargazingobservation of the stars
Broaderlook, looking, looking atThe act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
Spanishacechanza, acecho, atisbadura, atisbo, observación, observancia, vigilancia
Catalanaguait, esguard, observació
Verbsobservewatch / watch attentively
English > observance: 4 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningA formal event performed on a special occasion.
Synonymsceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion
NarrowerMaundyA public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
circumstanceformal ceremony about important occasions
commemoration, memorialization, memorialisationA ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
dedicationA ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
exercise(usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
fire walkingThe ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers
formality, formalitiesA requirement of etiquette or custom
funeral, obsequyA ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
initiation, induction, installationA formal entry into an organization or position or office
military ceremonyA formal ceremony performed by military personnel
openingA ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
pageant, pageantryA rich and spectacular ceremony
potlatchA ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
wedding, wedding ceremony, nuptials, hymenealsThe social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
Broaderaffair, occasion, social occasion, function, social functionA vaguely specified social event
Spanishceremonial, ceremonia
Catalancerimonial, cerimònia
Verbsobservebehave as expected during of holidays or rites
English > observance: 4 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningThe act of noticing or paying attention.
Synonymsnotice, observation
NarrowermindAttention
remarkexplicit notice
Broaderattention, attendingThe process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
Spanishatención, observación, observancia
Catalanatenció
Adjectivesobservantpaying close attention especially to details
Verbsobservediscover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
English > observance: 4 senses > noun 4, act
Meaningconformity with law or custom / custom or practice etc..
Synonymhonoring
Narrowerpunctiliostrict observance of formalities
Broaderconformity, conformation, compliance, abidanceActing according to certain accepted standards
OppositenonobservanceA lack of conformity with law or custom / custom or practice etc.
Spanishobservancia
Catalanobservança
Adjectivesobservant(of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs / customs
Verbsobserveconform one's action or practice to

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