\ ˈsir How to pronounce seer (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Shadows of Shakespeare’s plays flicker through this novel, yet its indelible figure is his wife, Agnes — kind seer, herbal healer, Stratford rebel extraordinaire. New York Times, "Best Theater of 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 Then the Trojan War dragged on for a decade, and a seer told Odysseus that the Greeks couldn’t win without Philoctetes. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Can Greek Tragedy Get Us Through the Pandemic?," 1 Sep. 2020 The poet was a hero, a seer, a towering figure (Yeats above all), whose themes were history, epic and elegy. The Economist, "Visions in the ordinary Eavan Boland died on April 27th," 14 May 2020 Yet for me, of all those proffering a seer-stone to secret knowledge today, Q is the most interesting. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Forgotten Christian Terror Cult That Presaged Trump’s Memes," 22 Oct. 2019 Tourists and sight-seers are the rare exception instead of the norm. USA Today, "From the air: Coronavirus turns public places into ghost towns," 18 Mar. 2020 Hindu yogis, Celtic seers, Senegalese Sufis, the first Buddhists and the Ancient Greeks all retreated into them for spiritual enlightenment. 1843, "The fight to preserve a 44,000-year-old painting," 20 Feb. 2020 Chuck discovers that Megan is an associate of a Moab seer, who just happens to be his estranged mother, a real piece of work. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Shatter the Night,” “Arches Enemy” and more," 15 Dec. 2019 Nebulon’s visionaries and seers, its éminences grises and starchy mandarins, mostly attended Nebulese community colleges on volleyball scholarships but dropped out in the first semester grousing about undue homework burdens. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Nine from Outer Space," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Seer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seer

: someone who predicts things that will happen in the future


\ ˈsir How to pronounce seer (audio) \

Kids Definition of seer

: a person who predicts events

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