Seem

  • 1 seem — W1S1 [si:m] v [linking verb, not in progressive] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old Norse; Origin: sœma to be appropriate to , from sœmr appropriate ] 1.) to appear to exist or be true, or to have a particular quality ▪ Ann didn t seem very sure. ▪ It seems …

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  • 2 seem — [ sim ] verb intransitive never progressive *** 1. ) to appear to be something or appear to have a particular quality: John seems nice. seem (to be) someone/something: Susan seems a very sensible person. seem happy/genuine/relaxed etc. to someone …

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  • 3 seem´er — seem «seem», intransitive verb. 1. to look like; appear to be: »This apple seemed good but was rotten inside. Does this room seem hot to you? He seemed a very old man. He seemed very strong for his age. 2. to appear to oneself: »I still seem to… …

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  • 4 Seem — (s[=e]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Seemed} (s[=e]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Seeming}.] [OE. semen to seem, to become, befit, AS. s[=e]man to satisfy, pacify; akin to Icel. s[ae]ma to honor, to bear with, conform to, s[ae]mr becoming, fit, s[=o]ma to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 seem — /seem/, v.i. 1. to appear to be, feel, do, etc.: She seems better this morning. 2. to appear to one s own senses, mind, observation, judgment, etc.: It seems to me that someone is calling. 3. to appear to exist: There seems no need to go now. 4.… …

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  • 6 seem — seem, look, appear can mean to be as stated in one s view or judgment, but not necessarily in fact Often they are used interchangeably with apparently no difference in meaning {he seems tired} {the students look eager} {the orchestra appeared… …

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  • 7 seem — [sēm] vi. [ME semen, prob. < ON sœma, to conform to (akin to OE seman, to bring to agreement) < IE base * sem > SAME] 1. a) to appear to be; have the look of being [to seem happy] b) to appear; give the impression: usually followed by an …

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  • 8 Seem — Seem, v. t. To befit; to beseem. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 seem — ► VERB 1) give the impression of being. 2) (cannot seem to do) appear to be unable to do, despite having tried. ORIGIN originally also in the sense «be appropriate»: from an Old Norse word meaning fitting …

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  • 10 seem|ly — «SEEM lee», adjective, li|er, li|est, adverb. –adj. 1. fitting or becoming with respect to good taste; suitable; proper: »Some old people do not consider modern dances seemly. SYNONYM(S) …

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  • 11 Seem. — Seem., bei Pflanzennamen Abkürzung für B. Seemann (s. d.) …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 12 seem — index comport (behave), demean (deport oneself), pretend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 13 seem to be — index demean (deport oneself) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 14 seem — (v.) c.1200, from O.N. soema to befit, conform to, and soemr fitting, seemly, from P.Gmc. *som (Cf. O.E. som agreement, reconciliation, seman to conciliate ), related to P.Gmc. *samon (see SAME (Cf. same)) …

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  • 15 seem — For the type seems to have been, see perfect infinitive …

    Modern English usage

  • 16 seem — [v] appear; give the impression assume, be suggestive of, convey the impression, create the impression, give the feeling of*, give the idea of*, have the appearance of, have the aspects of, have the earmarks of*, have the features of, have the… …

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  • 17 seem — ber·seem; be·seem; mis·be·seem; mis·seem; seem; seem·er; seem·ing·ly; seem·ing·ness; seem·less; seem·li·head; seem·li·ness; seem·ly; be·seem·ing·ly; be·seem·ing·ness; …

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  • 18 seem — /si:m/ verb (linking verb, not in progressive) 1 to appear to be a particular thing or to have a particular quality, feeling, or attitude: Dinah didn t seem very sure. | seem to sb: Larry seemed pretty angry to me. | “How did she seem to you?”… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 seem */*/*/ — UK [siːm] / US [sɪm] verb [intransitive, never progressive] Word forms seem : present tense I/you/we/they seem he/she/it seems present participle seeming past tense seemed past participle seemed 1) to appear to be something, or to appear to have… …

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  • 20 seem — [[t]si͟ːm[/t]] ♦ seems, seeming, seemed 1) V LINK: no cont You use seem to say that someone or something gives the impression of having a particular quality, or of happening in the way you describe. [V adj] We heard a series of explosions. They… …

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