- 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.
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- 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: Middle 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?
- seeable adjective
- 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: Middle English se from Old French sie, sied from Classical Latin sedes, a seat (in ML(Ec), a see of a bishop) from sedere, sit
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verb saw saw , seen seen , see·ing, sees verb, transitive
- To perceive with the eye.
- a. To apprehend as if with the eye.b. To detect by means analogous to use of the eye: an electronic surveillance camera that saw the activity in the embassy yard.
- To have a mental image of; visualize: They could still see their hometown as it once was.
- To understand; comprehend: I see your point.
- To consider to be; regard: Many saw her as a world leader.
- To believe possible; imagine: I don't see him as a teacher.
- To foresee: I see great things for that child.
- To know through firsthand experience; undergo: “He saw some service on the king's side” (Tucker Brooke).
- To give rise to or be characterized by: “Her long reign saw the heyday of verbal humor” (Richard Kain). “The 1930s saw the development of sulfa drugs and penicillin” (Gregg Easterbrook).
- To find out; ascertain: Please see who's knocking.
- To refer to; read: Persons interested in the book's history should see page one of the preface.
- To take note of; recognize: She sees only the good aspects of the organization.
- To meet or be in the company of: I saw all my aunts and uncles at the reunion.
- To share the companionship of often or regularly: He's been seeing the same woman for eight years.
- a. To visit socially; call on.b. To visit for consultation: You ought to see your doctor more frequently.
- To admit or receive, as for consultation or a social visit: The doctor will see you now.
- To attend; view: Let's see a movie.
- To escort; attend: I'm seeing Nellie home.
- 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).
- To have the power to perceive with or as if with the eye.
- To understand; comprehend.
- 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).
- To take note.
Origin: Middle 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: Middle English, from Old French se, from Vulgar Latin *sedem, from Latin sēdēs, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
see - Phrases/Idioms
- 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
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