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Seen


  1. 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.

  2. Seen ( sēn ), p. p. of See.

  3. Seen, a. Versed; skilled; accomplished. [Obs.]

    Well seen in every science that mote be. Spenser.

    Noble Boyle, not less in nature seen,

    Than his great brother read in states and men. Dryden.