- 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 seemed
He was getting another lesson in what he had seemed not to appreciate fully about cops.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Despite his efforts to live in the present, he seemed haunted by the specter of his father.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He seemed by all appearances perfectly happy to let the Republicans control the state senate.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.
He seemed to make a strong effort to check some sudden impulse.
Yet all seemed cheerless; for the heart of Paralus was desolate.
Soon as I looked at her it seemed to me I'd known her always.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Making an effort to rise, he seemed surprised at his own weakness.
- (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 seemed
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.