see

1
[see]

verb (used with object), saw, seen, see·ing.

verb (used without object), saw, seen, see·ing.

Verb Phrases


Origin of see

1
before 900; Middle English seen, Old English sēon; cognate with Dutch zien, German sehen, Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan
Related formssee·a·ble, adjectivesee·a·ble·ness, nounun·see·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for see

1. observe, notice, distinguish, discern, behold, regard. See watch. 5. comprehend, penetrate. 10. determine. 11. know, undergo. 18. accompany.
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British Dictionary definitions for see about

see about

verb (intr, preposition)

to take care of; look afterhe couldn't see about the matter because he was ill
to investigate; enquire intoto see about a new car

see

1

verb sees, seeing, saw or seen

to perceive with the eyes
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understandI explained the problem but he could not see it
(tr) to perceive with any or all of the sensesI hate to see you so unhappy
(tr; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foreseeI can see what will happen if you don't help
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learnsee 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 tr, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decidesee if you can come next week
(tr) to have experience of; undergohe had seen much unhappiness in his life
(tr) to allow to be in a specified conditionI cannot stand by and see a child in pain
(tr) to be characterized bythis period of history has seen much unrest
(tr) to meet or pay a visit toto see one's solicitor
(tr) to receive, esp as a guest or visitorthe Prime Minister will see the deputation now
(tr) to frequent the company ofshe is seeing a married man
(tr) to accompany or escortI saw her to the door
(tr) to refer to or look upfor 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
see fit (takes an infinitive) to consider proper, desirable, etcI don't see fit to allow her to come here
see someone hanged first or see someone damned first informal to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
see someone right British informal to ensure fair treatment of (someone)if he has cheated you, I'll see you right
see the light or see the light of day See light 1 (def. 24)
see you, see you later or be seeing you an expression of farewell
you see informal a parenthetical filler phrase used to make a pause in speaking or add slight emphasis
Derived Formsseeable, adjective

Word Origin for see

Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan

see

2

noun

the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situatedSee also Holy See

Word Origin for see

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 about

see

v.

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]

see

n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with see about

see about

1

Also, see to. Attend to, take care of, as in I'll see about the refreshments if you'll handle the tickets, or Will you see to the outdoor chores? The variant is also put as see to it, as in Yes, I'll see to it that everything's done. [First half of 1800s]

2

Investigate, as in I'm not sure, but I'll see about the cost of renting a van. Also see look into.

see

In addition to the idioms beginning with see

  • see about
  • see after
  • see a man about a dog
  • see beyond one's nose
  • see daylight
  • see double
  • see eye to eye
  • see fit
  • seeing is believing
  • seeing that
  • seeing things
  • see into
  • seen better days, have
  • seen one, seen them all
  • see one's way to
  • see out
  • see reason
  • see red
  • see someone off
  • see stars
  • see the back of
  • see the color of one's money
  • see the elephant
  • see the last of
  • see the light
  • see the light of day
  • see the sights
  • see things
  • see through
  • see through rose-colored glasses
  • see to
  • see with half an eye

also see:

  • as far as I can see
  • begin to see daylight
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • can't see the forest for the trees
  • I'll be seeing you
  • I see
  • let me see
  • long time no see
  • so I see
  • wait and see

Also see underseen.

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