- : seem with an infinitive is also used to convey a person's impression or feeling: I seem to recall our conversation
- to appear to be; have the look of being: they seemed so happy together
- to appear; give the impression: usually followed by an infinitive: he seems to know the neighborhood well
- to appear to exist: there seems no point in going
- to be apparently true: it seems he was here ahead of us
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 (“to conform to, beseem, befit") (> Danish sÃ¸mme (“beseem")) from sÅ“mr (“fitting, seemly"), from Proto-Germanic *sÅmijanÄ… (“to unite, fit"), akin to Old Norse sÅmi (“honour") (> archaic Danish somme (“decent comportment")), Old English sÄ“man (“to reconcile, bring an agreement"), Old English sÅm (“agreement").