intransitive verb \ˈsēm\

: to appear to be something or to do something : to have a quality, appearance, etc., that shows or suggests a particular characteristic, feeling, etc.

—used with it to make a statement about what appears to be true based on what is known

Full Definition of SEEM

:  to appear to the observation or understanding
:  to give the impression of being

Examples of SEEM

  1. What they're doing doesn't seem right to me.
  2. <I tried to cheer them up because they seemed depressed.>

Origin of SEEM

Middle English semen to appear to be, be fitting, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sœma to honor, sœmr fitting, samr same — more at same
First Known Use: 13th century
SEEM Defined for Kids


verb \ˈsēm\

Definition of SEEM for Kids

:  to give the impression of being :  appear <They certainly seemed pleased.>
—used to make a statement less forceful or more polite <I can't seem to recall where we met.>


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