seemed; seeming; seems

intransitive verb

: to appear to the observation or understanding
: to give the impression of being

Examples of seem in a Sentence

What they're doing doesn't seem right to me. I tried to cheer them up because they seemed depressed.
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Word History


Middle English semen to appear to be, be fitting, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sœma to honor, sœmr fitting, samr same — more at same

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seem was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to give the impression of being : appear
the request seems reasonable
: to appear to a person's own mind or opinion
can't seem to solve the problem
: to appear to be
there seems no reason for worry

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