seem

verb
\ ˈsēm \
seemed; seeming; seems

Definition of seem

intransitive verb

1 : to appear to the observation or understanding
2 : to give the impression of being

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Examples of seem in a Sentence

What they're doing doesn't seem right to me. I tried to cheer them up because they seemed depressed.

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If that doesn't seem to do the trick, talk to your vet about a prescription anti-nausea medication. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 The idea was that the shortages would be made up by AMD—but AMD CEO Lisa Su didn’t seem particularly interested in low-end products, either, now that AMD has the rich taste of profits in its mouth. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface sales soar to nearly $2 billion, though chip shortages are hurting," 31 Jan. 2019 The flywheel helps give a sense of motion that doesn’t seem possible for a stationary bike. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer," 29 Jan. 2019 With the background in robotics and impressive list of pending patents, Osé didn’t seem out of place. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 Sometimes their games seem to have a lot of fans for the visiting team. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Super Bowl to Drive America Crazy," 21 Jan. 2019 On a seat in our row, two empty wineglasses seem to symbolically toast an era of innocence long vanished elsewhere. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Some fans of Fox's outrageous new series, The Masked Singer, seem to think so. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everyone Wants 'The Masked Singer' Poodle to Be Judge Judy," 16 Jan. 2019 Too bad Hollywood kids seem to have to parental guidance as with alot of kids in this country. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Jacob Sartorius Calls Millie Bobby Brown “Stunning” After Instagram Haters Tell Her To “Act Her Age”," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of seem

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seem

Middle English semen to appear to be, be fitting, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sœma to honor, sœmr fitting, samr same — more at same

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seem

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seem

: to appear to be something or to do something : to have a quality, appearance, etc., that shows or suggests a particular characteristic, feeling, etc.
used with it to make a statement about what appears to be true based on what is known
used to make a statement less definite or more polite followed by to + verb often used in negative statements

seem

verb
\ ˈsēm \
seemed; seeming

Kids Definition of seem

1 : to give the impression of being : appear They certainly seemed pleased.
2 used to make a statement less forceful or more polite I can't seem to recall where we met.

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