see

See also: See, sée, seë, and se'e

Japanese

Pronunciation

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /siː/
  • Rhymes: -iː
  • Homophones: C, cee, sea, Seay
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Etymology 1

From Middle English seen, from Old English sēon (to see, look, behold, perceive, observe, discern, understand, know), from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną (to see), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (to see, notice). Cognate with West Frisian sjen (to see), Dutch zien (to see), Low German sehn, German sehen (to see), Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Bokmål se (to see), Norwegian Nynorsk sjå (to see), and more distantly with Latin sīgnum (sign, token), Albanian shih (look at, see) imperative of shoh (to see).

Verb

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

  1. (stative) To perceive or detect with the eyes, or as if by sight.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path. [] It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw [] that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      I want to see this house!
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    1. To witness or observe by personal experience.
      Hyponyms: experience, suffer
      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.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, John 8:51
        Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
      • (Can we date this quote by Charles Dickens and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?), 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. (Of a movie) to watch at a cinema.
      I saw the latest Tarantino flick last week.
  2. To form a mental picture of.
    • 2013 August 23, Mark Cocker, “Wings of Desire”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 11, page 28:
      It is not just that we see birds as little versions of ourselves. It is also that, at the same time, they stand outside any moral process. They are utterly indifferent. This absolute oblivion on their part, this lack of sharing, is powerful.
    • 2014 October 14, David Malcolm, “The Great War Re-Remembered: Allohistory and Allohistorical Fiction”, in Martin Löschnigg; Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz, editors, The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film[1], Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG., →ISBN, page 173:
      The question of the plausibility of the counter-factual is seen as key in all three discussions of allohistorical fiction (as it is in Demandt's and Ferguson's examinations of allohistory) (cf. Rodiek 25–26; Ritter 15–16; Helbig 32).
    1. (figuratively) To understand.
      Do you see what I mean?
      • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
        Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [] . Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. [] But the scandals kept coming [] . A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul.
    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. (used in the imperative) Used to emphasise a proposition.
      You see, Johnny, your Dad isn't your real dad.
      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
      • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, 1 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
  4. (transitive) To be the setting or time of.
    The 20th century saw humanity's first space exploration.
    • 1995 June 3, David Sprague, “Buffalo Tom Reaches Crossroads: EastWest Trio At Make-Or-Break Point”, in Billboard, volume 107, number 22, page 9:
      It seems as if every passing year sees the mainstream embrace a longtime cult-favorite alternative rock band.
  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. (sometimes mystical) To foresee, predict, or prophesy.
    The oracle saw the destruction of the city.
  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. This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}. To involve; to be a part of.
    The equipment has not seen usage outside of our projects.
    1999 saw the release of many great films.
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Terms derived from see (verb)
Translations

Interjection

see

  1. Directing the audience to pay attention to the following
    See here, fellas, there's no need for all this rucus!
    Synonyms: behold, look; see also 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
Translations

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Etymology 2

From Middle English se, see, from Old French sie (seat, throne; town, capital; episcopal see), from Latin sedes (seat), referring to the bishop's throne or chair (compare seat of power) in the cathedral; related to the Latin verb sedere (to sit).

Noun

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
  3. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see.
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Further reading

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch zee, from Middle Dutch sêe, from Old Dutch sēo, from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz.

Pronunciation

Noun

see (plural seë)

  1. sea

Estonian

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *se, ultimately from Proto-Uralic *śe. cognate to Finnish se, Votic se, Erzya се (se, this, that), Khanty [script needed] (śi, that over yonder; now, then), and Nganasan [script needed] (sete, he/she).

Pronoun

see (genitive selle, partitive seda)

  1. this
  2. it
  3. (colloquial, somewhat rude) he, she (usually only used when said person is not present)

Declension

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Finnish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈseː/, [ˈs̠e̞ː]
  • Hyphenation: see

Etymology 1

Alternative forms

Noun

see

  1. cee (The name of the Latin-script letter C.)
    • 1990, Hämäläinen, Eila, Aletaan I: Suomen kielen oppikirja vasta-alkajille (Let's begin I: Finnish textbook for the beginners), Helsinki: Helsingin Yliopisto (University of Helsinki), →ISBN, page 23:
      Luemme kirjaimet näin: aa bee see dee ee äf gee hoo ii jii koo äl äm än oo pee kuu är äs tee uu vee kaksois-vee äks yy tset ruotsalainen oo ää öö
      We read the letters as follows: aa bee see …
Usage notes
  • Speakers often use the corresponding forms of c-kirjain ("letter C, letter c") instead of inflecting this word, especially in plural. The plural forms may get confused with sei (saithe).
Declension
Inflection of see (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
nominative see seet
genitive seen seiden
seitten
partitive seetä seitä
illative seehen seihin
singular plural
nominative see seet
accusative nom. see seet
gen. seen
genitive seen seiden
seitten
partitive seetä seitä
inessive seessä seissä
elative seestä seistä
illative seehen seihin
adessive seellä seillä
ablative seeltä seiltä
allative seelle seille
essive seenä seinä
translative seeksi seiksi
instructive sein
abessive seettä seittä
comitative seineen
Possessive forms of see (type maa)
possessor singular plural
1st person seeni seemme
2nd person seesi seenne
3rd person seensä
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Colloquial counting number
7. Previous: kuu
Next: kasi

Numeral

see

  1. (colloquial, counting) seven

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Friulian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From the verb seâ. Compare Italian sega, Venetian siega, French scie.

Noun

see f (plural seis)

  1. saw

Middle Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch sēo, from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz.

Noun

sêe f or m

  1. sea

Inflection

Weak feminine
Singular Plural
Nominative sêe sêwen
Accusative sêe sêwen
Genitive sêwen sêwen
Dative sêe, sêwen sêwen

Descendants

  • Dutch: zee
    • Afrikaans: see
    • Sranan Tongo: se
    • Saramaccan:
  • Limburgish: zieë
  • West Flemish: zji, zêe

Further reading


Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz.

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Noun

see (plural sees)

  1. sea, ocean
  2. A body of water, a lake
Related terms
Descendants
  • English: sea
  • Scots: se, see, sey, seye, sie
References

Etymology 2

From Old French sei, from Latin sedes.

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Noun

see (plural sees)

  1. seat, chair
  2. dwelling, residence
  3. A royal or episcopal chair
  4. A royal or episcopal polity or realm
  5. A royal or episcopal residence
  6. (Christianity) The Kingdom of Heaven.
Descendants
  • English: see
References

North Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz. Cognates include Dutch zee.

Noun

see m (plural seen)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) lake

Tetum

Verb

see

  1. to turn, to present

West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz.

Pronunciation

Noun

see c (plural seeën, diminutive seeke)

  1. sea

Derived terms

Further reading

  • see”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011