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Meaning of see by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) enPR: sē, IPA: /siː/, X-SAMPA: /si:/
    • ( US ) enPR: sē, IPA: /si/, X-SAMPA: /si/
    • Rhymes: -iː
    • Homophone: C, cee, sea

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English seen, from Old English sēon ( “to see, look, behold, perceive, observe, discern, understand, know” ), from Proto-Germanic *sehwanan ( “to see” ), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- ( “to see, notice” ). Cognate with West Frisian sjen ( “to see” ), Dutch zien ( “to see” ), German sehen ( “to see” ), Swedish se ( “to see” ), Latin sīgnum ( “sign, token” ), Albanian shih ( “look at, see” ) imp. of shoh ( “to see” ) .


    see ( third-person singular simple present sees present participle seeing, simple past saw, past participle seen )

    1. To perceive or detect with the eyes, or as if by sight .
    2. To form a mental picture of .
    3. ( figuratively ) To understand .
      Do you see what I mean?
    4. To witness or observe by personal experience .
      Now I've seen it all!
      Michael saw Will off at the train station .
      I have been blind since birth and I love to read Braille. When the books arrive in from [the] library, I can’t wait to see what stories they have sent me .
    5. ( by extension ) To ensure that something happens, especially while witnessing it .
      I'll see you hang for this!
      I saw that they didn't make any more trouble .
    6. ( gambling ) To respond to another player's bet with a bet of equal value .
      I'll see your twenty dollars and raise you ten .
    7. To date frequently .
      I've been seeing her for two months
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    Etymology 2

    From Latin sedes ( “seat” ), referring to the bishop's throne or chair ( confer seat of power ) in the cathedral; related to the Latin verb sedere ( “to sit” ) .


    see ( plural: sees )

    1. A diocese, archdiocese; a region of a church, generally headed by a bishop, especially an archbishop .
    2. The office of a bishop or archbishop; bishopric or archbishopric
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    • Holy See

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    External links

    • See on Wikipedia .


Explanation of see by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. perceive ( an idea or situation ) mentally

    2. Now I see!
      I just can't see your point
    3. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

    4. I see that you have been promoted
    5. make sense of

    6. What message do you see in this letter?
    7. be careful or certain to do something

    8. See that the curtains are closed
    9. deem to be

    10. I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do
    11. deliberate or decide

    12. See whether you can come tomorrow
      let's see--which movie should we see tonight?
    13. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    14. I want to see whether she speaks French
      See whether it works
    15. match or meet

    16. receive as a specified guest

    17. the doctor will see you now
      The minister doesn't see anybody before noon
    18. imagine

    19. I can't see him on horseback!
      I can see what will happen
      I can see a risk in this strategy
    20. come together

    21. I'll probably see you at the meeting
      How nice to see you again!
    22. accompany or escort

    23. I'll see you to the door
    24. go or live through

    25. perceive or be contemporaneous with

    26. You'll see a lot of cheating in this school
      I want to see results
    27. perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

    28. You have to be a good observer to see all the details
      Can you see the bird in that tree?
      He is blind--he cannot see
    29. see and understand, have a good eye

    30. The artist must first learn to see
    31. observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

    32. I must see your passport before you can enter the country
    33. see or watch

    34. This program will be seen all over the world
      see a movie
    35. observe as if with an eye

    36. date regularly

    37. Did you know that she is seeing an older man?
    38. go to see for professional or business reasons

    39. You should see a lawyer
      We had to see a psychiatrist
    40. go to see for a social visit

    41. I went to see my friend Mary the other day
    42. go to see a place, as for entertainment

    43. We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning
    44. take charge of or deal with

    45. Could you see about lunch?
    1. the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located

    Definition of see by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. See n. [OE. se, see, OF. se, sed, sied, fr. L. sedes a seat, or the kindred sedere to sit. See Sit, and cf. Siege.]
      1. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see. Spenser.

      2. Specifically: The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop; as, “the see of New York”. The seat of an archbishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as, “an archiepiscopal see”. The seat, place, or office of the pope, or Roman pontiff; as, “the papal see”. The pope or his court at Rome; as, “to appeal to the see of Rome”.

      Apostolic see. See under Apostolic.

    2. See ( sē ), v. t. [imp. Saw ( sa ); p. p. Seen ( sēn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Seeing.] [OE. seen, sen, seon, AS. seón; akin to OFries. sīa, D. zien, OS. & OHG. sehan, G. sehen, Icel. sjā, Sw. se, Dan. see, Goth. saíhwan, and probably to L. sequi to follow ( and so originally meaning, to follow with the eyes ). Gr. ἕπεσθαι, Skr. sac. Cf. Sight, Sue to follow.]
      1. To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of by the organs of sight; to behold; to descry; to view.

      I will now turn aside, and see this great sight. Ex. iii. 3.

      2. To perceive by mental vision; to form an idea or conception of; to note with the mind; to observe; to discern; to distinguish; to understand; to comprehend; to ascertain.

      Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. Gen. xxxvii. 14.

      Jesus saw that he answered discreetly. Mark xii. 34.

      Who's so gross

      That seeth not this palpable device? Shak.

      3. To follow with the eyes, or as with the eyes; to watch; to regard attentively; to look after. Shak.

      I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care for contradicting him. Addison.

      4. To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit; as, “to go to see a friend”.

      And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death. 1 Sam. xv. 35.

      5. To fall in with; to meet or associate with; to have intercourse or communication with; hence, to have knowledge or experience of; as, “to see military service”.

      Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Ps. xc. 15.

      Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. John viii. 51.

      Improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men. Locke.

      6. To accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, “to see one home; to see one aboard the cars”.

      7. In poker and similar games at cards, to meet ( a bet ), or to equal the bet of ( a player ), by staking the same sum. “I'll see you and raise you ten.”

      God you see ( or God him see or God me see, etc. ), God keep you ( him, me, etc. ) in his sight; God protect you. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- To see ( anything ) out, to see ( it ) to the end; to be present at, work at, or attend, to the end. -- To see stars, to see flashes of light, like stars; -- sometimes the result of concussion of the head. [Colloq.] -- To see ( one ) through, to help, watch, or guard ( one ) to the end of a course or an undertaking.

    3. See, v. i.
      1. To have the power of sight, or of perceiving by the proper organs; to possess or employ the sense of vision; as, “he sees distinctly”.

      Whereas I was blind, now I see. John ix. 25.

      2. Figuratively: To have intellectual apprehension; to perceive; to know; to understand; to discern; -- often followed by a preposition, as through, or into.

      For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. John ix. 39.

      Many sagacious persons will find us out, . . . and see through all our fine pretensions. Tillotson.

      3. To be attentive; to take care; to give heed; -- generally with to; as, “to see to the house”.

      See that ye fall not out by the way. Gen. xlv. 24.

      ☞ Let me see, Let us see, are used to express consideration, or to introduce the particular consideration of a subject, or some scheme or calculation.

      Cassio's a proper man, let me see now, -

      To get his place. Shak.

      ☞ See is sometimes used in the imperative for look, or behold. “See. see! upon the banks of Boyne he stands.” Halifax.

      To see about a thing, to pay attention to it; to consider it. -- To see on, to look at. [Obs.] “She was full more blissful on to see.” Chaucer. -- To see to. To look at; to behold; to view. [Obs.] “An altar by Jordan, a great altar to see to” Josh. xxii. 10. To take care about; to look after; as, “to see to a fire”.