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verb \ˈsē\

Simple Definition of see

  • : to notice or become aware of (someone or something) by using your eyes

  • : to have the ability to see : to have the power of sight

  • : to be or become aware of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of see


play \ˈsȯ\


play \ˈsēn\


play \ˈsē-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to perceive by the eyeb :  to perceive or detect as if by sight

  3. 2a :  to have experience of :  undergo <see army service>b :  to come to know :  discoverc :  to be the setting or time of <the last fifty years have seen a sweeping revolution in science — Barry Commoner>

  4. 3a :  to form a mental picture of :  visualize <can still see her as she was years ago>b :  to perceive the meaning or importance of :  understandc :  to be aware of :  recognize <sees only our faults>d :  to imagine as a possibility :  suppose <couldn't see him as a crook>

  5. 4a :  examine, watch <want to see how she handles the problem>b (1) :  read (2) :  to read ofc :  to attend as a spectator <see a play>

  6. 5a :  to take care of :  provide for <had enough money to see us through>b :  to make sure <see that order is kept>

  7. 6a :  to regard as :  judgeb :  to prefer to have <I'll see him hanged first> <I'll see you dead before I accept your terms>c :  to find acceptable or attractive <can't understand what he sees in her>

  8. 7a :  to call on :  visitb (1) :  to keep company with especially in courtship or dating <had been seeing each other for a year> (2) :  to grant an interview to :  receive <the president will see you now>

  9. 8 :  accompany, escort <see the guests to the door>

  10. 9 :  to meet (a bet) in poker or to equal the bet of (a player) :  call

  11. intransitive verb
  12. 1a :  to give or pay attentionb :  to look about

  13. 2a :  to have the power of sightb :  to apprehend objects by sightc :  to perceive objects as if by sight

  14. 3a :  to grasp something mentallyb :  to acknowledge or consider something being pointed out <see, I told you it would rain>

  15. 4 :  to make investigation or inquiry


play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

see after

  1. :  to attend to :  care for

see eye to eye

  1. :  to have a common viewpoint :  agree

see red

  1. :  to become very angry

see the light

  1. :  to discover or realize a usually obscured truth

see the light of day

  1. :  to become publicly known or available (as through publication) <manuscripts that will never see the light of day>

see things

see through

  1. :  to grasp the true nature of <saw through the scheme>

see to

  1. :  to attend to :  care for

Examples of see in a sentence

  1. It was so dark that I couldn't see anything.

  2. I can't see a thing without my glasses.

  3. Would you turn on the light? I can hardly see a thing.

  4. Let me see what you're holding in your hand.

  5. I saw your sister at the party, but I didn't talk to her.

  6. I saw her take the money.

  7. Nobody saw the accident happen.

  8. He was last seen leaving his house yesterday morning.

  9. You have to see it to believe it.

  10. He says he's coming. I'll believe it when I see it.

Origin and Etymology of see

Middle English seen, from Old English sēon; akin to Old High German sehan to see and perhaps to Latin sequi to follow — more at sue

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of see

  • : the area in which a bishop has authority

  • : the authority or power of a bishop

  • : the office of a bishop

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of see

  1. 1a archaic :  cathedrab :  a cathedral townc :  a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority

  2. 2 :  the authority or jurisdiction of a bishop

Origin and Etymology of see

Middle English se, from Anglo-French sé, see, from Latin sedes seat; akin to Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit

First Known Use: 14th century


biographical name \ˈsē\

Definition of See

  1. Thomas Jefferson Jackson 1866–1962 Am. astron. & math.

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verb \ˈsē\

Definition of see for Students






  1. 1 :  to have the power of sight <The book is in braille for those who cannot see.>

  2. 2 :  to view with the eyes <Did you see me fall?>

  3. 3 :  to have experience of <This motel has seen better days.>

  4. 4 :  to understand the meaning or importance of <Do you see what I mean?>

  5. 5 :  to come to know :  discover <He'll be angry when he sees what you've done.>

  6. 6 :  to call on :  visit <He's going to see a friend.>

  7. 7 :  to form a mental picture of <I can still see your father when he was a boy.>

  8. 8 :  to imagine as a possibility <I can't see myself ever getting married.>

  9. 9 :  to make sure <See that the job gets done.>

  10. 10 :  to attend to <I'll see to your order at once.>

  11. 11 :  to meet with <The doctor will see you now.>

  12. 12 :  accompany 1, escort <I'll see you home.>




Definition of see for Students

  1. 1 :  the city in which a bishop's church is located

  2. 2 :  diocese

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈsē\

Medical Definition of see


\ˈsȯ\play ;


\ˈsēn\play ;


  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to perceive by the eye

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to have the power of sight

  6. 2:  to apprehend objects by sight

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