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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for seeing

Synonyms: Conjunction

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 With writings that integrated literary theory and colonial history into radical new ways of seeing, Said opened the doors for a new generation of non-White academics and postcolonial consciousness. Washington Post, "‘Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said’ explores the full spectrum of sources that shaped the scholar’s ideas," 28 Apr. 2021 Lee’s life of life-writing is in itself an argument for a way of seeing, a way of wanting to see, placing a value on vivacity and complexity above any expectation of human perfection. Andrew O’hagan, The New York Review of Books, "In the Act of Living," 13 Apr. 2021 At a good site, on a high mountain with low turbulence, the seeing is typically between 0.5 and one arcsecond, meaning that any telescope will be limited to this range of resolution. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021 Lamentably, coronavirus precautions kept AfroBasket participants in a bubble so there wasn't a whole lot of sight-seeing. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, "Therapist's team time slam dunk," 14 Mar. 2021 Twelve players earned their first career starts on the defensive side with 16 of the 21 signees from UCF’s 2020 recruiting class seeing action at one point during the season. Matt Murschel,, "Young UCF cornerbacks forced to grow up fast after challenging 2020 season," 5 Apr. 2021 His transporting prose, his way of seeing, is a lasting gift to our language and culture. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "'Hemingway' faces hard facts," 5 Apr. 2021 Meiburg’s book is full of good seeing and the good writing that comes from it. Sam Hodges, Dallas News, "Austin-based indie rocker takes us on a naturalist journey in ‘A Most Remarkable Creature’," 23 Mar. 2021 The more turbulent the atmosphere, the worse the seeing. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seeing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of seeing


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1873, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about seeing

Time Traveler for seeing

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for seeing

Cite this Entry

“Seeing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for seeing



English Language Learners Definition of seeing

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

Comments on seeing

What made you want to look up seeing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!