- To see is to use your eyes to look at things or that something is visible to you.
- An example of see is when you get new glasses to improve your vision.
- An example of see is when you spot your cousin at the mall.
This woman wears glasses to help her see.
transitive verbsaw, seen, seeing
- to get knowledge or an awareness of through the eyes; perceive visually; look at; view
- to visualize as though present; picture
- to get a clear mental impression of; grasp by thinking; understand: to see the point of a joke
- to accept as right, proper, or suitable: I can't see him as president
- to consider to be; judge: saw it as his duty
- to learn; discover; find out: see what they want
- to learn by reading, as in a newspaper
- to have personal knowledge of; experience; witness: to have seen better days
- to look over; inspect; examine: let me see that burn
- to take care; make sure: see that he does it right
- to escort; accompany; attend: to see someone home
- to keep company with; be dating regularly
- to encounter; meet; come in contact with: have you seen John?
- to recognize by sight
- to call on; visit
- to have an interview with; consult: see a lawyer
- to admit to one's presence; receive: too ill to see anyone
- to be a spectator at; view or attend: to see a show
- Card Games
- to meet (a bet) by staking an equal sum
- to meet the bet of (another) in this way
Origin of seeMiddle English seen ; from Old English seon (; from an unverified form sehwan), akin to German sehen, Gothic saihwan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sekw-, to observe, show, see, tell: see say
- to have the power of sight
- to discern objects, colors, etc. by using the eyes: to be able to see far
- to take a look: go and see
- to investigate or inquire: see if he wants anything
- to comprehend; understand
- to think over a given matter; reflect: let me see, where did I put it?
- to investigate or inquire into
- to attend to
- to investigate; look into
- to perceive the true meaning, character, or nature of
- to carry out; finish; go through with
- to wait till the end of
- to perceive the true meaning, character, or nature of: saw through his pretty words
- to carry out to the end; finish: to see a project through
- to help out or carry through a time of difficulty: saw her through her final exams
- the official seat, or center of authority, of a bishop
- the position, authority, or jurisdiction of a bishop
- Obsolete a seat of authority, esp. a throne
Origin of seeMiddle English se ; from Old French sie, sied ; from Classical Latin sedes, a seat (in Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin a see of a bishop) ; from sedere, sit
verbsaw saw , seen seen , see·ing, sees
- a. To perceive with the eye: Do you see the hawk in the tree?b. To detect by means analogous to use of the eye: The surveillance camera saw the intruders.c. To attend or view as a spectator: saw a play.d. To refer to or look at: Persons interested in the book's history should see page one of the preface.
- a. To become aware of or apprehend: She saw from his expression that he did not want to go.b. To find out or ascertain, often by moving: Please see who's knocking.
- a. To take note of; recognize: She sees only the good aspects of the organization.b. To consider to be; regard: Many see her as an inspiring figure.
- a. To have a mental image of; visualize: They could still see their hometown as it once was.b. To foresee or imagine: I see great things for that child.
- a. To know through firsthand experience; undergo or experience: He saw service in the navy. She has seen many changes in her lifetime.b. To be characterized by; be the time for: “The 1930s saw the development of sulfa drugs and penicillin” (Gregg Easterbrook).c. To be subjected to; undergo: This word sees a lot of use in sports.
- a. To visit, meet, or be in the company of: I saw all my aunts and uncles at the reunion.b. To share the companionship of as a romantic partner: He's been seeing the same woman for eight years.c. To visit for consultation: You ought to see your doctor more frequently.d. To admit or receive, as for consultation or a social visit: The doctor will see you now.
- a. To escort; attend: I'm seeing Amy home.b. To make sure; take care: See that it gets done right away.
- Games a. To meet (a bet) in card games.b. To meet the bet of (another player).
- a. To have the power to perceive with the eyes: Once I got glasses I could see much better.b. To have the ability to detect or record visual information: This telescope sees far into space.
- a. To understand; comprehend: As you can see, life in medieval Europe was difficult.b. To consider: Let's see, which suitcase should we take?
- a. To go and look: She had to see for herself and went into the garage.b. To ascertain; find out: We probably can do it, but we'll have to see.
- To have foresight: “No man can see to the end of time” (John F. Kennedy).
Origin of seeMiddle English sen, from Old English sēon; see sekw-2 in Indo-European roots.
- The official seat, center of authority, jurisdiction, or office of a bishop.
- Obsolete A cathedra.
Origin of seeMiddle English, from Old French se, from Vulgar Latin *sedem, from Latin sēdēs, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sees, present participle seeing, simple past saw, past participle seen)
- To perceive or detect with the eyes, or as if by sight.
- To form a mental picture of.
- (figuratively) To understand.
- Do you see what I mean?
- To witness or observe by personal experience.
- Now I've seen it all! Michael saw Will off at the train station.
- I have been blind since birth and I love to read Braille. When the books arrive in from the library, I can’t wait to see what stories they have sent me.
- I saw military service in Vietnam.
- To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit.
- to go to see a friend
- (by extension) To ensure that something happens, especially while witnessing it.
- I'll see you hang for this! I saw that they didn't make any more trouble.
- (gambling) To respond to another player's bet with a bet of equal value.
- I'll see your twenty dollars and raise you ten.
- To date frequently.
- I've been seeing her for two months
- (sometimes mystical) To foresee, predict, or prophesy.
- The oracle saw the destruction of the city.
From Middle English seen, from Old English sēon (“to see, look, behold, perceive, observe, discern, understand, know”), from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną (“to see”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (“to see, notice”). Cognate with West Frisian sjen (“to see”), Dutch zien (“to see”), Low German sehn, German sehen (“to see”), Danish and Swedish se (“to see”), and more distantly with Latin sīgnum (“sign, token”), Albanian shih (“look at, see”) imp. of shoh (“to see”).