\ˈsē \
saw\ ˈsȯ \; seen\ ˈsēn \; seeing\ ˈsē-​iŋ \

Definition of see 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to perceive by the eye

b : to perceive or detect as if by sight

2a : to have experience of : undergo see army service

b : to come to know : discover

c : to be the setting or time of the last fifty years have seen a sweeping revolution in science— Barry Commoner

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 : understand

c : to be aware of : recognize sees only our faults

d : to imagine as a possibility : suppose couldn't see him as a crook

4a : examine, watch want to see how she handles the problem

b(1) : read

(2) : to read of

c : to attend as a spectator see a play

5a : to take care of : provide for had enough money to see us through

b : to make sure see that order is kept

6a : to regard as : judge

b : 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

7a : to call on : visit

b(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

8 : accompany, escort see the guests to the door

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

intransitive verb

1a : to give or pay attention

b : to look about

2a : to have the power of sight

b : to apprehend objects by sight

c : to perceive objects as if by sight

3a : to grasp something mentally

b : to acknowledge or consider something being pointed out see, I told you it would rain

4 : to make investigation or inquiry

see after

: to attend to : care for

see eye to eye

: to have a common viewpoint : agree

see red

: to become very angry

see the light

: to discover or realize a usually obscured truth

see the light of day

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

see things see through

: to grasp the true nature of saw through the scheme

see to

: to attend to : care for



Definition of see (Entry 2 of 3)

1a archaic : cathedra

b : a cathedral town

c : a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority

2 : the authority or jurisdiction of a bishop


biographical name
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Definition of See (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas Jefferson Jackson 1866–1962 American astronomer and mathematician

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seeable \ ˈsē-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of see in a Sentence


It was so dark that I couldn't see anything. I can't see a thing without my glasses. Would you turn on the light? I can hardly see a thing. Let me see what you're holding in your hand. I saw your sister at the party, but I didn't talk to her. I saw her take the money. Nobody saw the accident happen. He was last seen leaving his house yesterday morning. You have to see it to believe it. “He says he's coming.” “I'll believe it when I see it.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From July 3 through Wednesday, the Magic held a total of seven practices, held one shootaround and played three games, and team officials saw no reason to exert Isaac and Bamba too much. Josh Robbins,, "Rookie Melvin Frazier Jr. showing defensive grit but unrefined offensive game," 14 July 2018 After being optioned back to the Sky Sox on Thursday, Orf remained here and basically was a tourist, seeing the local sites with girlfriend Ashley Estrada. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place Thames, Guerra on DL, activate Suter, recall Orf and Wilkerson from minors," 14 July 2018 People want to be able to look at a candidate and see something of themselves. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 The group often studied or socialized together, but before long, Ben, who is from West Chester, saw Moriah as being different from his other new friends., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 That has blocked Kushner at times from seeing some parts of the President's Daily Brief, a highly classified summary of world events that sometimes describes intelligence programs and operatives, the people said. Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Limits still remain on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Kushner," 13 July 2018 Long before the peloton sees a mountain range, the Tour de France will throw riders one of the biggest booby-traps in cycling: cobblestone roads. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 That's because seeing who views your Story provides an important level of transparency that isn't necessarily present — or needed — elsewhere on the app. Madeline Buxton,, "How Does Instagram Stories Rank Your Viewers? It's Complicated," 13 July 2018 Kim heard about the closure Thursday morning from a friend who was there last week and saw the news on Facebook. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As for the chaos abroad, the Democrats are in see-no-evil denial. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68," 21 June 2018 Behati Prinsloo, 29, made her return to the runway at Sunday’s show, sporting a see-through blouse and joggers less than four months after giving birth to her second daughter Gio Grace with husband Adam Levine on February 15. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All the Must-See Moments from Alexander Wang's Star-Studded Fashion Show," 4 June 2018 In a see-saw battle, a two-run single by Tony Renda and an RBI single by Austin Rei gave Portland a 3-0 first-inning lead and chased starter Jack Wynkoop. Staff Report,, "Tendler's Pinch-Hit Homer In 9th Lifts Sea Dogs Past Yard Goats," 4 July 2018 For a sense of time and history, the must-sees include the 1848 Gold Discovery Site and Sutter’s Mill. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Coloma," 1 July 2018 Other must-sees include a 400-year-old balete tree in Lazi and enchanting Cambugahay Falls. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 Two of the programs the audience sees are mainstays of the 1960s in our own universe: The Outer Limits and Jonny Quest. Josh Weiss, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2' TV References Are More Than Easter Eggs," 17 June 2018 Still, if Walz deserved to be T’d up and wasn’t during the Mississippi State game, this was consistent with the see-no-evil officiating of the closing seconds of regulation. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA's lash leaves no mark on U of L's women's coach Jeff Walz," 26 May 2018 Now instead of just looking out, diners will be able watch Seattle pass beneath their feet, making this the world's first spinning restaurant with a 37-ton see-through floor. CBS News, "Inside Seattle's Space Needle after its $100 million makeover," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of see


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of see

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of see (Entry 2 of 2)

: the area in which a bishop has authority

: the authority or power of a bishop

: the office of a bishop


\ˈsē \
saw\ ˈsȯ \; seen\ ˈsēn \; seeing

Kids Definition of see

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kids Definition of see (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : diocese


\ˈsē \
saw\ ˈsȯ \; seen\ ˈsēn \; seeing\ ˈsē-​iŋ \

Medical Definition of see 

transitive verb

: to perceive by the eye

intransitive verb

1 : to have the power of sight

2 : to apprehend objects by sight

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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