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 Despite science’s best efforts to explore the ocean, the vast bulk of its depths remains unseen. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Cyborg Jellyfish Could One Day Explore the Ocean," 29 Jan. 2020 Season 1 concluded with McNairy’s unnamed DEA agent, who previously served as narrator and had been unseen, making his way south of the border to take down Gallardo for Camarena’s murder. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Diego Luna returns in the first Narcos: Mexico season 2 trailer," 6 Jan. 2020 Like many unauthorized residents, Marisol straddles the line between visible and unseen—doing just enough to get by but careful to never draw too much undue attention her way. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Small Miracle of Immigrant Stories on TV," 5 Feb. 2020 Haleyi’s story eerily echoes a subplot in The Assistant, Kitty Green’s film about an assistant working for the unnamed and unseen head of a film production office, meant to echo Weinstein himself. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Why MeToo Thriller The Assistant Feels So Disturbingly Real," 31 Jan. 2020 Akiko must make a choice: to get out of the car and face her grandmother, or to slip away unseen. Moeko Fujii, The New Yorker, "Watching Tokyo Through the Eyes of Outsiders," 16 Dec. 2019 Better to configure the stand or blind so that getting out unseen is easy. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "The Perfect Late-Season Deer Stand," 5 Dec. 2019 Modern nuclear submarines can travel submerged indefinitely, and U.S. Navy submarines can conduct an entire patrol underwater, unseen. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Lost World War II Submarine Rediscovered 75 Years Later," 12 Nov. 2019 Never mind that, since voting is only allowed from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central time, a chunk of the country is voting blind, dancing unseen. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "‘Dancing With the Stars’ reads the room, sends Sean Spicer home," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unseen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2020

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“Unseen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseen. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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