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    #1

    observed

    protocol = forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state

    I know observed means to watch.
    But I think, it is not appropriate in this context.

    Could you explain it?


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    #2

    Re: observed

    Observe: • verb 1 notice; perceive. 2 watch attentively; monitor. 3 make a remark; say. 4 fulfil or comply with.


    The sentence uses the 4th meaning.

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    #3

    Re: observed

    Here's another definition, hope this helps:

    "If you observe something such as a law or custom, you obey it or follow it."

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