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[see] /si/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
the seat, center of authority, office, or jurisdiction of a bishop.
Origin of see2
1250-1300; Middle English se(e) < Old French se (variant of sie) < Latin sēdes seat Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for see's


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
Derived Forms
seeable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan


the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated See also Holy See
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for see's



Old English seon "to see, look, behold; observe, perceive, understand; experience, visit, inspect" (contracted class V strong verb; past tense seah, past participle sewen), from Proto-Germanic *sekhwanan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sehan, Middle High German, German sehen, Old Frisian sia, Middle Dutch sien, Old Norse sja, Gothic saihwan), from PIE root *sekw- (2) "to see," which is probably identical with *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel), a root which produced words for "say" in Greek and Latin, and also words for "follow" (cf. Latin sequor), but "opinions differ in regard to the semantic starting-point and sequences" [Buck]. Thus see might originally mean "follow with the eyes."

Used in Middle English to mean "behold in the imagination or in a dream" (c.1200), "to recognize the force of (a demonstration)," also c.1200. Sense of "escort" (e.g. to see someone home) first recorded 1607 in Shakespeare. Meaning "to receive as a visitor" is attested from c.1500. Gambling sense of "equal a bet" is from 1590s. See you as a casual farewell first attested 1891. Let me see as a pausing statement is recorded from 1510s. To have seen everything as a hyperbolic expression of astonishment is from 1957.

When you have seen one of their Pictures, you have seen all. [Blake, c.1811]


c.1300, "throne of a bishop, archbishop, or pope," also "throne of a monarch, a goddess, Antichrist, etc.," from Old French sie "seat, throne; town, capital; episcopal see," from Latin sedem (nominative sedes) "seat, throne, abode, temple," related to sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Early 14c. as "administrative center of a bishopric;" c.1400 as "province under the jurisdiction of a bishop."

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Slang definitions & phrases for see's



  1. Recognition; complimentary notice by a superior: He was a good cop ten years, but never got a see (1950s+ Police)
  2. A visit of inspection: numerous ''sees'' or visits from the sergeant (1930+ Police)


  1. To pay protection money or graft: doing business without ''seeing the cops'' (1930+ Police)
  2. To equal a bet or a raise rather than dropping out of the game (1599+ Gambling)

Related Terms

long time no see, a look-see, look see

[first noun sense perhaps an abbreviation of commendation]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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