un·​seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn \

Definition of unseen

1 : not seen or perceived
2 : sight sense 1 an unseen translation

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Annual data for 2017 says coca cultivation rose 11 percent to 209,000 hectares (516,450 acres), a level unseen in more than two decades of record keeping and $10 billion in U.S. counter-narcotics work. Washington Post, "US report: Colombia coca production surges to record high," 26 June 2018 An attack submarine, typically part of every U.S. carrier strike group to provide anti-submarine warfare support was theorized to be part of the Chinese group but remained unseen until New Years Day. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Only Aircraft Carrier Engages in a Little Saber-Rattling," 12 Jan. 2017 And there are plenty of bigger — and therefore more dangerous — space rocks cruising around out there in the dark depths, the vast majority of them unseen and unknown. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 That may seem odd for a horror movie about unseen monsters, but A Quiet Place has been getting some early Oscar buzz for its central performances. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The first Bird Box trailer makes it look like the opposite of A Quiet Place," 24 Oct. 2018 Facebook, Google, and Twitter are waging an unseen but highly charged war on foreign hackers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Social Media Crime Fighters at FireEye Are Helping Facebook Find Fake Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018 Both brought a level of intensity—underlined by playfulness—as yet unseen in the event’s history. David Graver, Vogue, "Serena Williams Battles Rafael Nadal at the Lotte New York Palace Badminton Tournament," 24 Aug. 2018 The victory was Madrid’s third in a row in the tournament, a feat unseen in the competition since Bayern Munich won three consecutive European Cups from 1974-76. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Real Madrid Beats Liverpool in Champions League Final on a Wonder and Two Blunders," 27 May 2018 Due to unseen deadly forces, the journey must be completed blindly. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "5 New Netflix Movies We’re Excited About This Fall," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unseen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unseen

: not seen or able to be seen


un·​seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn \

Kids Definition of unseen

: not seen : invisible We heard the siren from an unseen fire engine.

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