un·​seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn How to pronounce unseen (audio) \

Definition of unseen

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

Examples of unseen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One bud climbing on top of another, stumbling up stairs to the sky, a race to nowhere — sped up, these skeletal forms burst into being with a life force that usually remains unseen. Washington Post, "In images and words of rebirth, a poignant tribute to civil rights giants John Lewis and C.T. Vivian," 24 Feb. 2021 This episode’s backstage story involves Kermit’s six-ounce nephew, Robin, who feels unseen and unappreciated and decides to run away. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "25 Essential Episodes of The Muppet Show," 19 Feb. 2021 Two emergency medical technicians, the patient, the gurney — and an unseen and unwelcome passenger lurking in the air. Stephanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "For EMTs crowded into ambulances, the coronavirus is always in the air," 25 Jan. 2021 Gatherings went virtual, elbow bumps became the new hug and weary smiles went unseen behind masks. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Heartwarming sports moments of 2020 provided some joy during dark year," 18 Dec. 2020 The 10,000 or so pictures put together reveal a dramatic life cycle that usually goes unseen. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch an Amazing Time-Lapse of Growing Mushrooms," 2 Nov. 2020 Mostly unseen and unnamed resistance fighters, many from India and directly inspired by the devastation of the heat wave, begin commandeering drones to assassinate fossil fuel executives and sink gas-guzzling freighters. Christian Holub, EW.com, "How new novel The Ministry for the Future lays a blueprint for fighting climate change," 14 Oct. 2020 In 2007 in downtown Yangon, blood seeped unseen into the burgundy robes of Buddhist monks who had been shot by soldiers in yet another crushed protest movement. New York Times, "To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge," 6 Feb. 2021 The researchers concluded that the red giant appears to be dancing with an unseen partner. quantamagazine.org, "‘Unicorn’ Discovery Points to a New Population of Black Holes," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unseen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unseen was in the 13th century

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5 Mar 2021

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“Unseen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseen. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unseen

: not seen or able to be seen


un·​seen | \ ˌən-ˈsēn How to pronounce unseen (audio) \

Kids Definition of unseen

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

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