seemed; seeming; seems

intransitive verb

: to appear to the observation or understanding
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The panel’s unanimous ruling represents a startling fall for an official who was second in command to then-Chief Michel Moore and seemed poised to potentially take the reins of the the department. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 He’s been at his office every day and seems focused on work. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 13 July 2024 Most seemed not to have perused the menu in advance. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 13 July 2024 Following his playing days at Wayne, a path to the big leagues seemed like a pretty sure bet. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for seem 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seem was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to give the impression of being : appear
the request seems reasonable
: to appear to a person's own mind or opinion
can't seem to solve the problem
: to appear to be
there seems no reason for worry

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