\ˈsir, ˈsē-ər\

Definition of seer 

1 : one that sees

2a : one that predicts events or developments

b : a person credited with extraordinary moral and spiritual insight

3 : one that practices divination especially by concentrating on a glass or crystal globe

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Examples of seer in a Sentence

several leading Wall Street seers have cautioned investors to prepare for a downturn in the economy

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This was a fruitful time for New Yorkers with spiritual interests, and Dr. Newbrough fell into the eclectic circles of the city, visiting many seers and clairvoyants. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "A Forgotten Religion Gets a Second Chance in Brooklyn," 7 June 2018 What to listen for: Roy Cohn’s phone meltdown, angel breath, the noise accompanying usage of seer stones, the announcement at a Mormon visitors’ center, and street sounds of New York. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Ding. Hiss. Chirp. Broadway’s Best Sounds (Other Than the Songs).," 28 May 2018 The best leaders are synthesizers, sense-makers, big-picture-seers. David Murphy,, "Some thoughts on Kawhi Leonard, consensus, and the Sixers front office on the eve of the NBA Draft | David Murphy," 20 June 2018 Watermelon and pineapple can take to a hot grill the same way that a piece of steak will, with a blackened seer that takes in the charcoal flavor. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 2018 My father died after attaining a measure of fame as an urban scientist and seer of Chicago's demographic future. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 In Greek mythology Tiresias was a blind seer who was turned into a woman for seven years as punishment for hitting some sacred snakes. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Tiresias Was a Weatherman is an Antigone for our age of extreme weather and constant medication," 8 June 2018 He is considered a prophet, seer and revelator who leads the church - along with two top counselors and members of the Quorum - through divine revelation from God. CBS News, "Mormons make history, tap Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares for top leadership," 31 Mar. 2018 He is considered a prophet, seer and revelator who leads the church — along with two top counselors and members of the Quorum — through divine revelation from God. Washington Post, "Mormon church’s all-male hierarchy is steeped in tradition," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of seer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seer

: someone who predicts things that will happen in the future


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Kids Definition of seer

: a person who predicts events

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