see

verb
\ ˈsē How to pronounce see (audio) \
saw\ ˈsȯ How to pronounce see (audio) \; seen\ ˈsēn How to pronounce see (audio) \; seeing\ ˈsē-​iŋ How to pronounce see (audio) \

Essential Meaning of see

1 : to notice or become aware of (someone or something) by using your eyes It was so dark that I couldn't see anything. I can't see a thing without my glasses. See More ExamplesWould 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. This is the prettiest garden I've ever seen! = I've never seen such a pretty garden (before)! You have to see it to believe it. "He says he's coming." "I'll believe it when I see it." It's nice to see you (looking) so happy! I can see how happy you are. I could see (that) she was tired. I see (that) you bought a new car. = You bought a new car, I see. This club is the place to be seen (at) these days. [=this club is the place where people go to be noticed by important or fashionable people] "Have you met the new guy yet?" "No, but I've seen him around." [=I have noticed him in some of the places I often go to] A mall's a mall. If you've seen one, you've seen them all. [=all shopping malls look the same] It was so dark that I couldn't see. He can no longer see to read without his glasses. I couldn't see through/out the foggy window. I can't see over the person in front of me. On a clear day, you can see for miles from the top of the mountain. "He broke his leg." "So I see." [=I can see that his leg is broken] If you don't believe me, go and see for yourself.Hide
2 : to have the ability to see : to have the power of sight She doesn't/can't see very well. She cannot see. [=she is blind]
3 : to be or become aware of (something) He saw the opportunity and took it. He only sees [=notices] my faults. See More ExamplesI saw a big difference in her behavior. It was easy to see that she was lying. Can't you see that he needs help? Anyone can see that they're in love. I can see there has been a mistake. I see that the school has raised its tuition again. He claims that he can see the future. [=that he knows what will happen in the future] I see by/from the newspaper that they've won the election. Looking at the sales figures, we can see a steady rise in profits. Investors never saw this turn in the stock market coming. The book's ending is so predictable that you can see it coming a mile away/off. He claims that he can see into the future. As you can see, the sales figures show a steady rise in profits.Hide

Full 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 be aware of : recognize sees only our faults
b : to imagine as a possibility : suppose couldn't see him as a crook
c : to form a mental picture of : visualize can still see her as she was years ago
d : to perceive the meaning or importance of : understand
3a : to come to know : discover
b : to be the setting or time of The last fifty years have seen a sweeping revolution in science …— Barry Commoner
c : to have experience of : undergo see army service
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 make sure See that order is kept.
b : to take care of : provide for had enough money to see us through
6a : to find acceptable or attractive can't understand what he sees in her
b : to regard as : judge
c : to prefer to have I'll see him hanged first. I'll see you dead before I accept your terms.
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 apprehend objects by sight
b : to have the power of sight
c : to perceive objects as if by sight
2a : to look about
b : to give or pay attention
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

see

noun

Definition of see (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority
b : a cathedral town
c archaic : cathedra
2 : the authority or jurisdiction of a bishop

See

biographical name
\ ˈsē How to pronounce See (audio) \

Definition of See (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas Jefferson Jackson 1866–1962 American astronomer and mathematician

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Other Words from see

Verb

seeable \ ˈsē-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce See (audio) \ adjective

Examples of see in a Sentence

Verb 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 To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Driving southeast down Brookville Road in Irvington, there isn't much to see. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 The new coalition plans to rebuke those protests with their own fiery message: Mask up or continue to see the uncontained spread of COVID-19. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 15 Sep. 2021 However, many do expect to see prices rise again this fall and winter. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 The ball was intended for Johnny Wilson, who turned inside while running to the corner of the end zone, only to see the ball sail outside. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 The two will face off in November to see which will take the council seat for a two-year term. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 But many school districts are also likely to adopt a wait-and-see approach. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Last month, a young man approached her nephew in the street and told him that the family should wait and see what happened next. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So are the see-through, mesh pieces, body-hugging frocks, and ultra-short minis that have become ubiquitous on the streets and runways alike. refinery29.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in extra time Monday to give Spain a 5-3 win over Croatia and a place in the European Championship quarterfinals after a wildly entertaining see-saw match at Parken Stadium. Mattias KarÉn, ajc, 28 June 2021 Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in extra time to give Spain a 5-3 win over Croatia and a place in the European Championship quarterfinals after a wildly entertaining see-saw match at Parken Stadium. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 With that, there are three things your team can begin to apply today in order to get off the see-saw. Ellevate, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The gnats typically found in and around our homes are commonly called fruit flies, midges, or no-see-ums. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2021 Another non-toxic, non-greasy, and fragrance free option is Ranger Ready's Tick & Insect Repellent, which offers 12-hour protection from mosquitoes and ticks, and eight hours of protection against gnats, biting flies, and no-see-ums. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2021 The midge itself, however, lives as far away as the northern United States, where it and related insects are called no-see-ums, suggesting the virus could spread beyond South America. Daniel Grossman, Science | AAAS, 29 Apr. 2021 Could that city be the one see through Loki’s eyes in the TV show’s first episode? Chris Smith, BGR, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of see

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for see

Verb

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

Noun

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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“See.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/see. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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see

verb
\ ˈsē How to pronounce see (audio) \
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.

see

noun

Kids Definition of see (Entry 2 of 2)

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

see

verb
\ ˈsē How to pronounce see (audio) \
saw\ ˈsȯ How to pronounce see (audio) \; seen\ ˈsēn How to pronounce see (audio) \; seeing\ ˈsē-​iŋ How to pronounce see (audio) \

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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