Definition of seem
1 : to appear to the observation or understanding
2 : to give the impression of being
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.>
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 13th century
SEEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of seem for English Language Learners
: 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
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