- Seem is defined as to appear.
An example of to seem is a person that looks to be happy.
seem definition by Webster's New World
- to appear to be; have the look of being: to seem happy
- to appear; give the impression: usually followed by an infinitive: he seems to know the facts
- to have the impression; think: followed by an infinitive: I seem to have lost it
- to appear to exist: there seems no point in going
- to be apparently true: it seems he was here
Origin: Middle English semen, probably ; from Old Norse sœma, to conform to (akin to Old English seman, to bring to agreement) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sem- from source same
seem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb seemed, seem·ing, seems
- To give the impression of being; appear: The child seems healthy, but the doctor is concerned.
- To appear to one's own opinion or mind: I can't seem to get the story straight.
- To appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems you object to the plan. It seems like rain. He seems to have worked in sales for several years.
- To appear to exist: There seems no reason to postpone it.
Origin: Middle English semen, from Old Norse sœma, to conform to, from sœmr, fitting; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.