Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
  2. (verb, perception) perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
    Can you see the bird in that tree?
    He is blind--he cannot see
  3. (verb, cognition) perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    I just can't see your point
    Does she realize how important this decision is?
    I don't understand the idea
  4. (verb, perception) perceive or be contemporaneous with
    You'll see a lot of cheating in this school
    The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions
    I want to see results
  5. (verb, creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    I can see what will happen
    I can see a risk in this strategy
  6. (verb, cognition) deem to be
    I consider her to be shallow
    I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do
  7. (verb, cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    I see that you have been promoted
  8. (verb, perception) see or watch
    This program will be seen all over the world
    view an exhibition
    Catch a show on Broadway
    see a movie
  9. (verb, motion) come together
    How nice to see you again!
  10. (verb, communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    See whether it works
    find out if he speaks Russian
    Check whether the train leaves on time
  11. (verb, cognition) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    See that the curtains are closed
    control the quality of the product
  12. (verb, social) go to see for professional or business reasons
    We had to see a psychiatrist
  13. (verb, social) go to see for a social visit
  14. (verb, social) go to see a place, as for entertainment
  15. (verb, social) take charge of or deal with
    I must attend to this matter
    She took care of this business
  16. (verb, contact) receive as a specified guest
    The minister doesn't see anybody before noon
  17. (verb, social) date regularly; have a steady relationship with
    He is dating his former wife again!
  18. (verb, perception) see and understand, have a good eye
  19. (verb, cognition) deliberate or decide
    let's see--which movie should we see tonight?
  20. (verb, perception) observe as if with an eye
  21. (verb, perception) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    I must see your passport before you can enter the country
  22. (verb, perception) go or live through
    he saw action in Viet Nam
  23. (verb, motion) accompany or escort
  24. (verb, competition) match or meet
  25. (verb, cognition) make sense of; assign a meaning to
    How do you interpret his behavior?

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of See

Derivations: seeing, seer

Hyponyms: abstract, allegorise, allegorize, appreciate, ascertain, auscultate, autopsy, be amiss, behold, call, candle, capitalise, capitalize, card, catch, catch a glimpse, catch sight, check, cinch, come, consider, control, cover, cross, cross-check, deem, discover, disesteem, disrespect, double-check, draw out, educe, elicit, endure, enjoy, esteem, evoke, expect, experience, extract, favor, favour, feel, find, get a look, get the goods, glance over, glimpse, hold, idealise, idealize, identify, include, inspect, intersect, know, lay eyes on, like, literalise, literalize, live, look, make, meet, minister, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand, mythicise, mythicize, perceive, peruse, preview, prise, prize, proof, proofread, rake, read, read between the lines, receive, reconsider, reify, reinterpret, relativise, relativize, respect, run down, scan, scrutinise, scrutinize, search, see, size up, skim, spectate, spiritualise, spiritualize, spot-check, suffer, survey, take, take account, take for, take in, take stock, tend, test, treasure, trip up, value, view as, visualise, visualize, wise up, witness, x-ray

Hypernyms: accompany, affiliate, associate, assort, believe, bet, call, call in, care, comprehend, conceive, conceive of, consider, consort, debate, deliberate, detect, discover, envisage, experience, find, give care, go through, ideate, imagine, invite, moot, notice, observe, perceive, play, receive, seat, see, take in, think, tour, turn over, undergo, understand, verify, visit, wager, watch

Origin of the word See

  1. O.E. seon (contracted class V strong verb; past tense seah, pp. sewen), from P.Gmc. *sekhwanan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. sehan, M.H.G., Ger. sehen, O.Fris. sia, M.Du. sien, O.N. sja, Goth. saihwan), from PIE base *sekw- "to see," which is "probably" the same base that produced words for "say" in Greek and Lati… more
  2. "position of a bishop," c.1300, from O.Fr. sied, sed, from L. sedem (nom. sedes) "seat, abode," related to sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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