- 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 canâ€™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 sÄ“on (â€œto see, look, behold, perceive, observe, discern, understand, knowâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sehwanÄ… (â€œto seeâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *sekÊ·- (â€œto see, noticeâ€). Cognate with West Frisian sjen (â€œto seeâ€), Dutch zien (â€œto seeâ€), Low German sehn, German sehen (â€œto seeâ€), Danish and Swedish se (â€œto seeâ€), and more distantly with Latin sÄ«gnum (â€œsign, tokenâ€), Albanian shih (â€œlook at, seeâ€) imp. of shoh (â€œto seeâ€).