past participle of see1 .
verb (used with object), saw, seen, seeing.
to perceive with the eyes; look at.
to view; visit or attend as a spectator:
to see a play.
to perceive by means of computer vision.
to scan or view, especially by electronic means:
The satellite can see the entire southern half of the country.
to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand:
to see the point of an argument.
to construct a mental image of; visualize:
He still saw his father as he was 25 years ago.
to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable:
I can’t see him as president.
to be cognizant of; recognize:
to see the good in others; to see where the mistake is.
He could see war ahead.
to ascertain, learn, or find out:
See who is at the door.
to have knowledge or experience of:
to see service in the foreign corps.
to make sure:
See that the work is done.
to meet and converse with:
Are you seeing her at lunch today?
to receive as a visitor:
The ambassador finally saw him.
He’s gone to see his aunt.
to court, keep company with, or date frequently:
They’ve been seeing each other for a long time.
to provide aid or assistance to; take care of:
He’s seeing his brother through college.
to attend or escort:
to see someone home.
Cards. to match (a bet) or match the bet of (a bettor) by staking an equal sum; call:
I’ll see your five and raise you five more.
to prefer (someone or something) to be as indicated (usually used as a mild oath):
I’ll see you in hell before I sell you this house. He’ll see the business fail before he admits he’s wrong.
to read or read about:
I saw it in the newspaper.
verb (used without object), saw, seen, seeing.
to have the power of sight.
to be capable of perceiving by means of computer vision.
to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight:
Philosophy teaches us to see.
to give attention or care:
See, there it goes.
to find out; make inquiry:
Go and see for yourself.
to consider; think; deliberate:
Let me see, how does that song go?
to look about; observe:
They heard the noise and came out to see.
to investigate; inquire about.
to turn one’s attention to; take care of:
He said he would see about getting the license plates.
see after, to attend to; take care of:
Will you please see after my plants while I’m away?
see off, to take leave of someone setting out on a journey; accompany to the place of departure:
I went to the airport to see them off.
see out, to remain with (a task, project, etc.) until its completion:
We decided to see it out, even if it meant another year.
to penetrate to the true nature of; comprehend; detect:
He quickly saw through my story.
to stay with to the end or until completion; persevere:
to see a difficult situation through.
see to, to take care of; be responsible for:
I’ll see to the theater tickets.
the past participle of see1
verb sees, seeing, saw, seen
to perceive with the eyes
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand: I explained the problem but he could not see it
(transitive) to perceive with any or all of the senses: I hate to see you so unhappy
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foresee: I can see what will happen if you don’t help
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn: see who is at the door
when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, foll by to. to make sure (of something) or take care (of something): see that he gets to bed early
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide: see if you can come next week
(transitive) to have experience of; undergo: he had seen much unhappiness in his life
(transitive) to allow to be in a specified condition: I cannot stand by and see a child in pain
(transitive) to be characterized by: this period of history has seen much unrest
(transitive) to meet or pay a visit to: to see one’s solicitor
(transitive) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor: the Prime Minister will see the deputation now
(transitive) to frequent the company of: she is seeing a married man
(transitive) to accompany or escort: I saw her to the door
(transitive) to refer to or look up: for further information see the appendix
(in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player’s bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
as far as I can see, to the best of my judgment or understanding
(takes an infinitive) see fit, to consider proper, desirable, etc: I don’t see fit to allow her to come here
(informal) see someone hanged first, see someone damned first, to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
(Brit, informal) see someone right, to ensure fair treatment of (someone): if he has cheated you, I’ll see you right
see the light, see the light of day, See light1 (sense 24)
see you, see you later, be seeing you, an expression of farewell
(informal) you see, a parenthetical filler phrase used to make a pause in speaking or add slight emphasis
the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated See also Holy See
- Seen better days
seen better days
- See of
verb 1. (transitive, preposition) to meet; be in contact with: we haven’t seen much of him since he got married
- See over
verb 1. (intransitive, preposition) to inspect by making a tour of: she said she’d like to see over the house
verb (used without object) 1. to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall. 2. (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons. 3. to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the […]