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Definitions of see

see1  (siː



Word forms:   sees,  seeing,  saw,  seen
  1. to perceive with the eyes
  2. (when transitive, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand   ⇒ I explained the problem but he could not see it
  3. (transitive) to perceive with any or all of the senses   ⇒ I hate to see you so unhappy
  4. (transitive; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foresee   ⇒ I can see what will happen if you don't help
  5. (when transitive, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn   ⇒ see who is at the door
  6. when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, foll by to to make sure (of something) or take care (of something)   ⇒ see that he gets to bed early
  7. (when transitive, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide   ⇒ see if you can come next week
  8. (transitive) to have experience of; undergo   ⇒ he had seen much unhappiness in his life
  9. (transitive) to allow to be in a specified condition   ⇒ I cannot stand by and see a child in pain
  10. (transitive) to be characterized by   ⇒ this period of history has seen much unrest
  11. (transitive) to meet or pay a visit to   ⇒ to see one's solicitor
  12. (transitive) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor   ⇒ the Prime Minister will see the deputation now
  13. (transitive) to frequent the company of   ⇒ she is seeing a married man
  14. (transitive) to accompany or escort   ⇒ I saw her to the door
  15. (transitive) to refer to or look up   ⇒ for further information see the appendix
  16. (in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
  17. See as far as I can see

  18. See see fit

  19. See see someone hanged first

  20. See see someone right

  21. See see the light

  22. See see you

  23. See you see

Derived Forms

ˈseeable  adjective

Word Origin

Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan


View thesaurus entry
= 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)
= 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
= watch, view, look at, observe
= 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
= witness, watch, observe, view, note, notice, behold (archaic) (literary)
= find out, learn, discover, establish, determine, investigate, verify, ascertain, make inquiries
= consider, decide, think about, judge, reflect, deliberate, mull over, think over, make up your mind, ponder over, give some thought to
= make sure, mind, ensure, guarantee, be sure, take care, make certain, see to it
= speak to, receive, interview, consult, confer with
= meet, encounter, come across, run into, happen on, bump into, run across, chance on
= 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)
= refer to

Quotations including 'see'

  • "What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over"
  • "What you see is what you get"
  • "Seeing is believing"

see2  (siː



  1. the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated See also Holy See

Word Origin

C13: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit

Translations for 'see'

  • British English: see If you see something, you are looking at it or you notice it.The fog was so thick we couldn't see anything.It's dark and I can't see.siː VERBwith eyes
  • Arabic: يَرَى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ver
  • Chinese: 看见
  • Croatian: vidjeti
  • Czech: vidět uvidět
  • Danish: se
  • Dutch: zien
  • European Spanish: ver
  • Finnish: nähdä
  • French: voir
  • German: sehen
  • Greek: βλέπω
  • Italian: vedere
  • Japanese: 見る
  • Korean: ...을 보다
  • Norwegian: se
  • Polish: zobaczyć widzieć
  • Portuguese: ver
  • Romanian: a vedea
  • Russian: видеть
  • Spanish: ver
  • Swedish: se
  • Thai: เห็น
  • Turkish: görmek
  • Ukrainian: бачити
  • Vietnamese: nhìn thấy
  • British English: seesiː If you see someone, you meet them.I saw him yesterday. VERBmeet
  • Arabic: يَرَى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: encontrar
  • Chinese: 与…见面
  • Croatian: sresti
  • Czech: sejít se scházet ses kým
  • Danish: møde
  • Dutch: zien
  • European Spanish: ver
  • Finnish: tavata
  • French: voir
  • German: treffen
  • Greek: βλέπω
  • Italian: vedere
  • Japanese: ・・・に会う
  • Korean: 만나다
  • Norwegian: se
  • Polish: widzieć się
  • Portuguese: ver
  • Romanian: a se întâlni cu
  • Russian: видиться
  • Spanish: ver
  • Swedish: träffa
  • Thai: พบ
  • Turkish: görmek
  • Ukrainian: зустрічатися зустрітися
  • Vietnamese: thấy

Example Sentences Including 'see'

I looked up to see Marianne standing in the kitchen doorway.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
The idea that anyone else from Africa Action might get to see Jarawa rather than me perturbed me for some reason.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
I couldn't see how that could have been enough to kill him within minutes.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)


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