Pronunciation Verb

see (sees, present participle seeing; past saw, past participle seen)

  1. (stative) To perceive or detect with the eyes, or as if by sight.
    • 2016, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      I want to see this house!
    1. To witness or observe by personal experience.
      hyponyms en
      Now I've seen it all!
      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.
      I saw military service in Vietnam.
      • Bible, Gospel of John 8:51
        Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
      • , Nicholas Nickleby
        […] And remember this, 'scapegallows,' said Ralph, menacing him with his hand, 'that if we meet again, and you so much as notice me by one begging gesture, you shall see the inside of a jail once more […]
    2. To watch (a movie) at a cinema, or a show on television etc.
      I saw the latest Tarantino flick last week.
  2. To form a mental picture of.
    1. (figuratively) To understand.
      Do you see what I mean?
    2. To come to a realization of having been mistaken or misled.
      They're blind to the damage they do, but someday they'll see.
    3. (transitive) To foresee, predict, or prophesy.
      The oracle saw the destruction of the city.
    4. (used in the imperative) Used to emphasise a proposition.
      You see, Johnny, your Dad isn't your real father.
      You're not welcome here any more, see?
  3. (social) To meet, to visit.
    1. To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit.
      to go to see a friend
      • Bible, 1 Books of Samuel 15:35
        And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death.
    2. To date frequently.
      I've been seeing her for two months.
    3. To visit for a medical appointment.
      You should see a doctor about that rash on your arm.
      I've been seeing a therapist for three years now.
  4. (transitive) To be the setting or time of.
    The 20th century saw humanity's first space exploration.
    1999 saw the release of many great films.
  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. (transitive) To wait upon; attend, escort.
    I saw the old lady safely across the road.
    You can see yourself out.
  7. (gambling, transitive) To respond to another player's bet with a bet of equal value.
    I'll see your twenty dollars and raise you ten.
  8. To determine by trial or experiment; to find out (if or whether).
    I'll come over later and see if I can fix your computer.
  9. (used in the imperative) To reference or to study for further details.
    Step 4: In the system, check out the laptop to the student (see: "Logging Resources" in the Tutor Manual).
    For a complete proof of the Poincaré conjecture, see Appendix C.
  10. To include as one of something's experiences.
    The equipment has not seen usage outside of our projects.
Synonyms Translations Translations Interjection
  1. Directing the audience to pay attention to the following
    See here, fellas, there's no need for all this rucus!
    Synonyms: behold, look, Thesaurus:lo
  2. Introducing an explanation
    See, in order to win the full prize we would have to come up with a scheme to land a rover on the Moon.
    Synonyms: look, well, so

see (plural sees)

  1. C en 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
  3. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised.
    • Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see.
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