seem

verb
\ ˈsēm How to pronounce seem (audio) \
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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On the surface, though, their relationship seemed like goals: Fosse is one of the most iconic choreographers of all time, and Verdon is a four-time Tony winner who originated roles in musicals like Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019 Crayola might not seem like the most obvious choice for a beauty brand to collaborate with, but believe it or not, the iconic crayon company has turned out some seriously cool collections with the likes of ASOS, Clinique, and even Sally Hansen. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Lip Smacker Teamed Up With Crayola for the Cutest Crayon-Themed Collection," 1 Apr. 2019 Movies make having orgasms seem so easy, like...oops! Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Tips for How to Have an Orgasm," 27 Mar. 2019 If anything, the fact the team made Obduction on a similar budget makes Firmament seem like a safer bet. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Myst developer Cyan returns to Kickstarter for new game Firmament," 26 Mar. 2019 If girls are exposed to strong, female STEM role models, a career in these fields will seem as attractive and attainable as any other. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The photo and Bündchen's romantic ode to Brady make their wedding day seem completely traditional, but the couple did things unconventionally. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Just Released a Never-Before-Seen Photo From Her Wedding Day," 26 Feb. 2019 But a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Disney shows just how far director Rob Marshall and the cast *really* went to make the movie seem as realistic as possible. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 2019 Joe Biden has yet to join the 2020 presidential race, but the former vice president is already getting the Hillary Clinton treatment from liberals who seem more interested in ideological purity tests than beating Donald Trump. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Biden Opposed Quotas in 1975—and He Was Right," 12 Mar. 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 How to pronounce seem (audio) \
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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