see·​ing | \ ˈsē-iŋ How to pronounce seeing (audio) \

Definition of seeing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: inasmuch as often used with as or that



Definition of seeing (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of the images of celestial bodies observed telescopically

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Examples of seeing in a Sentence

Conjunction seeing as we're already running late, there's no reason to waste any more time
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The expulsion is especially problematic seeing as China is still the epicenter of the now-global COVID-19 pandemic. TheWeek, "China expels U.S. journalists from country in retaliation for American limit on state-run media," 17 Mar. 2020 The same can be said of seeing, provided that the seeing is combined with noticing. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "My Old Nemesis: Plastic Bags," 16 Mar. 2020 Then, a sudden charge shifting the air between them, both look again and meet one another's gaze, submitting to the unexpected power of at once seeing and being seen. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ filmmaker Céline Sciamma on the female gaze and her ‘architecture of desires’," 13 Feb. 2020 With every new way of seeing comes, subtly, a new way to be seen. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Prep for Prep and the Fault Lines in New York’s Schools," 2 Mar. 2020 This is not a time for site seeing and picture taking. Alissa Zhu, USA TODAY, "Historic flooding slams Mississippi as river continues to rise: 'This thing isn't over yet'," 16 Feb. 2020 Alex Goligoski scored the game's first goal at 15:45 of the first period when his seeing-eye wrist shot found its way through traffic and past Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes blow 2-goal lead in loss to Carolina Hurricanes," 6 Feb. 2020 With that in mind, the Grammys' drop certainly could have been worse seeing as the Reporter notes the show only declined about five percent in viewers. TheWeek, "The 2020 Grammys drew the show's smallest audience in more than a decade," 27 Jan. 2020 Christine Bray said getting Pearl was a reaction to people who saw the video and criticized the couple, telling them Opal needed a seeing-eye dog. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, "Opal is deaf and blind, but her owners insist she’s no underdog," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of seeing


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seeing was in the 15th century

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“Seeing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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used to explain the reason for a statement often + that or as

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