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

Definition of unseen

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

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With Venezuela reeling economically, and its oil production collapsed to levels unseen since the 1940s, that support has become even more important. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, "Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing," 14 Aug. 2018 Shootings also have fallen by double-digit numbers for the second straight year, a contrast to 2016 when violence hit levels unseen for two decades. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "McCarthy crime plan: Remove politics, Emanuel's meddling from Police Department," 9 July 2018 Unlike Meghan’s rumored recent cross-country travels back home to Toronto, which somehow went completely unseen by the press, Doria’s time at L.A. airport was captured in footage obtained by Inside Edition and published on Monday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Mother Doria Ragland is Reportedly on Her Way to London After Being Spotted at the Airport," 18 Sep. 2018 This is a small, quiet show that potently traverses realms of materiality and immateriality, connecting ideas about what’s seen and unseen, and what’s in-between. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 According to NBC News, the photo is now lying unseen on a bookshelf. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "Harold Bornstein: Former Trump doctor now ‘frightened and sad’," 2 May 2018 According to NBC News, the photo is now lying unseen on a bookshelf. Kyle Swenson, courant.com, "Harold Bornstein: Former Trump doctor now 'frightened and sad'," 2 May 2018 An extended version of A Star Is Born is coming to theaters on March 1 (AKA this Friday), featuring 12 minutes of previously-unseen footage, Deadline reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Version of A Star Is Born Is Coming to Theaters This Friday," 27 Feb. 2019 Two dozen countries, including the U.S., many EU nations and NATO, have ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats out this week in a show of solidarity with Britain — a massive action unseen even at the height of the Cold War. Vladimir Isachenkov And Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "Russia retaliates for diplomats' expulsions by ousting 60 Americans, closing a U.S. consulate," 29 Mar. 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 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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