I. verb (saw; seen; seeing) Etymology: Middle English seen, from Old English sēon; akin to Old High German sehan to see and perhaps to Latin sequi to follow — more at sue Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to perceive by the eye b. to perceive or detect as if by sight 2. a. to have experience of ; undergo <
see army service
b. to come to know ; discover c. to be the setting or time of <
the last fifty years have seen a sweeping revolution in science — Barry Commoner
3. a. to form a mental picture of ; visualize <
can still see her as she was years ago
b. to perceive the meaning or importance of ; understand c. to be aware of ; recognize <
sees only our faults
d. to imagine as a possibility ; suppose <
couldn't see him as a crook
4. a. examine, watch <
want to see how she handles the problem
b. (1) read (2) to read of c. to attend as a spectator <
see a play
5. a. to take care of ; provide for <
had enough money to see us through
b. to make sure <
see that order is kept
6. a. to regard as ; judge b. to prefer to have <
I'll see him hanged first
I'll see you dead before I accept your terms
c. to find acceptable or attractive <
can't understand what he sees in her
7. a. to call on ; visit b. (1) to keep company with especially in courtship or dating <
had been seeing each other for a year
(2) to grant an interview to ; receive <
the president will see you now
8. accompany, escort <
see the guests to the door
9. to meet (a bet) in poker or to equal the bet of (a player) ; call intransitive verb 1. a. to give or pay attention b. to look about 2. a. to have the power of sight b. to apprehend objects by sight c. to perceive objects as if by sight 3. a. to grasp something mentally b. to acknowledge or consider something being pointed out <
see, I told you it would rain
4. to make investigation or inquiry • seeable adjective II. noun Etymology: Middle English se, from Anglo-French sé, see, from Latin sedes seat; akin to Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic cathedra b. a cathedral town c. a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority 2. the authority or jurisdiction of a bishop

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