Seem Definition

seemed, seems
seemed, seems
To appear to be; have the look of being.
They seemed so happy together.
Webster's New World
To appear; give the impression.
He seems to know the neighborhood well.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To appear to exist.
There seems no point in going.
Webster's New World
To be apparently true.
It seems he was here ahead of us.
Webster's New World
  • be real

Origin of Seem

  • Middle English semen "to seem, befit, be becoming" from Old Norse sÅ“ma (“to conform to, beseem, befit") (> Danish sømme (“beseem")) from sÅ“mr (“fitting, seemly"), from Proto-Germanic *sōmijanÄ… (“to unite, fit"), akin to Old Norse sōmi (“honour") (> archaic Danish somme (“decent comportment")), Old English sÄ“man (“to reconcile, bring an agreement"), Old English sōm (“agreement").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English semen from Old Norse sœma to conform to from sœmr fitting sem-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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