- = perceive, note, spot, notice, mark, view, eye, check, regard, identify, sight, witness, clock (British, slang), observe, recognize, distinguish, glimpse, check out (informal), make out, heed, discern, behold, eyeball (slang), catch a glimpse of, catch sight of, espy, get a load of (slang), descry, take a dekko at (British, slang), lay or clap eyes on (informal) •
I saw a man making his way towards me.
- = visit, call on, drop in on (informal), look (someone) up, be the guest of, call in on, pop in on (informal), pay a call on •
I went to see him yesterday.
- = watch, view, look at, observe •
It was one of the most amazing films I've ever seen.
- = understand, get, follow, realize, know, appreciate, take in, grasp, make out, catch on (informal), comprehend, fathom, get the hang of (informal), get the drift of •
Oh, I see what you're saying.
- = foresee, picture, imagine, anticipate, divine, envisage, visualize, foretell •
We can see a day when all people live side by side.
- = witness, watch, observe, view, note, notice, behold (archaic & literary) •
He has seen the economy of his town decline.
- = find out, learn, discover, establish, determine, investigate, verify, ascertain, make inquiries •
I'd better go and see if she's all right.
- = consider, decide, think about, judge, reflect, deliberate, mull over, think over, make up your mind, ponder over, give some thought to •
We'll see what we can do, Miss.
- = make sure, mind, ensure, guarantee, be sure, take care, make certain, see to it •
See that you take care of him.
- = accompany, show, escort, lead, walk, attend, shepherd, usher •
He didn't offer to see her to her car.
- = speak to, receive, interview, consult, confer with •
The doctor can see you now.
- = meet, encounter, come across, run into, happen on, bump into, run across, chance on •
I saw her last night at Monica's.
- = go out with, court, date (informal, mainly US), have an affair with, walk out with (obsolete), have a fling with, keep company with, go steady with (informal), consort or associate with, step out with (informal) •
My husband was still seeing her.
- = refer to •
See Chapter 7 below.
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over
What you see is what you get
Seeing is believing
usage note: It is common to hear seeing as how, as in Seeing as how the bus is always late, I don't need to hurry. However, the use of how here is considered incorrect or nonstandard, and should be avoided.