- Seem is defined as to appear.
An example of to seem is a person that looks to be happy.
- 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 of seemMiddle 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
intransitive verbseemed, seem·ing, seems
- To give the impression of being in a certain way; appear to be: The child seems healthy, but the doctor is concerned. The house seems to be in good condition.
- Used to call attention to one's impression or understanding about something, especially in weakening the force of a following infinitive: I can't seem to get the story straight.
- To appear to be probable or evident: It seems you object to the plan. It seems like rain.
Origin of seemMiddle English semen, from Old Norse sœma, to conform to, from sœmr, fitting; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present seems, present participle seeming, simple past and past participle seemed)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
Middle English semen "to seem, befit, be becoming" from Old Norse sÅ“ma (â€œto conform to, beseem, befitâ€) (> Danish sÃ¸mme (â€œbeseemâ€)) from sÅ“mr (â€œfitting, seemlyâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sÅmijanÄ… (â€œto unite, fitâ€), akin to Old Norse sÅmi (â€œhonourâ€) (> archaic Danish somme (â€œdecent comportmentâ€)), Old English sÄ“man (â€œto reconcile, bring an agreementâ€), Old English sÅm (â€œagreementâ€).