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) \

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 Sahar and my two children are among a growing number of kids who will see their grandparents primarily as people in need of care rather than as caretakers. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 30 May 2021 The corridor also could see some of the $270 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds that will be dispersed by Minneapolis, city officials said. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 With his absence, coach Steve Nash thought Nic Claxton could see more minutes. Ken Powtak, courant.com, 29 May 2021 While some may see that as a disadvantage, the ASU standout says there is a positive aspect. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 With his absence, Nash thought Nic Claxton could see more minutes. Ken Powtak, ajc, 29 May 2021 The drone helped officers see that the suspect had died in the exchange. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 29 May 2021 Some of the California National Guard members have been able to go out and see where their boxes are going. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 Hold weekly family meetings to check in and see how everyone's doing. Katia Hetter, CNN, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The third set see-sawed back and forth before Royal Palm Beach was called for a double hit with the score tied at 11-11 and the Patriots closed out the match on a 14-5 run to advance to the final. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 15 May 2021 The Sharks' veterans are being asked to be good soldiers while youngsters continue to get a look-see to finish the season. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2021 Sore arm, yes, flu-like symptoms, yes, but no mention of the ability to make the blind see or the deaf hear. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 The footage showed Charlotte, as well as her brothers George and Louis, running around on the beach, playing on a see-saw in their backyard, and toasting marshmallows. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 May 2021 The weekly see-saw between optimism and pessimism continued yet again. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 The first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for Doombot is worth a look-see. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Immigration was another, with the elite decision makers of the party not caring at all how the unprotected see and experience life. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 The community health center — one of four in Milwaukee — has contracted with Ascension Wisconsin to have a dental hygienist see patients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays at its main clinic at 210 W. Capitol Drive. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 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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The first known use of see was before the 12th century

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“See.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/see. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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see

verb

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)

see

noun

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

formal
: the area in which a bishop has authority
: the authority or power of a bishop
: the office of a bishop

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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