- to appear to be, feel, do, etc.: She seems better this morning.
- to appear to one's own senses, mind, observation, judgment, etc.: It seems to me that someone is calling.
- to appear to exist: There seems no need to go now.
- to appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems likely to rain.
- to give the outward appearance of being or to pretend to be: He only seems friendly because he wants you to like him.
Origin of seem
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Examples from the Web for seem
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Whatever the reason, and however absurd their beliefs may seem, American evangelicals are deadly serious.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
"He will look for me, and seem bewildered, as if something were lost," replied Philothea.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The hearth bore a uniform appearance, and did not seem to have been tampered with.Brave and Bold
His grasp did not bruise, it did not seem to be tight; but the hand that held it was immovable.
Mrs. Bines declared that it did seem to her very much like out-and-out gambling.
To the adventurer from New York they seem always new and crude.
- (copula) to appear to the mind or eye; lookthis seems nice; the car seems to be running well
- to give the impression of existing; appear to bethere seems no need for all this nonsense
- used to diminish the force of a following infinitive to be polite, more noncommittal, etcI can't seem to get through to you
Word Origin and History for seem
c.1200, "to appear to be;" c.1300, "to be fitting, be appropriate, be suitable," though the more recent sense in English is the etymological one; from Old Norse soema "to honor; to put up with; to conform to (the world, etc.)," verb derived from adjective soemr "fitting," from Proto-Germanic *somi- (cf. Old English som "agreement, reconciliation," seman "to conciliate," source of Middle English semen "to settle a dispute," literally "to make one;" Old Danish some "to be proper or seemly"), from PIE *som-i-, from root *sem- "one, as one" (see same). Related: Seemed; seeming.