seem

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verb \ˈsēm\

Definition of seem

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to appear to the observation or understanding

  3. 2 :  to give the impression of being

Examples of seem in a sentence

  1. What they're doing doesn't seem right to me.

  2. <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

seem

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verb \ˈsēm\

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


SEEM Defined for Kids

seem

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verb \ˈsēm\

Definition of seem for Students

seemed

seeming

  1. 1 :  to give the impression of being :  appear <They certainly seemed pleased.>

  2. 2 —used to make a statement less forceful or more polite <I can't seem to recall where we met.>



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