see-through

[ see-throo ]
/ ˈsiˌθru /

adjective

Also see-thru [see-throo] /ˈsiˌθru/. transparent: a see-through blouse.

noun

a degree of or variation in transparency.
a see-through item of clothing.

Origin of see-through

First recorded in 1940–45; adj., noun use of verb phrase see through

Definition for see through (2 of 2)

see

1
[ see ]
/ si /

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

SYNONYMS FOR see

5 comprehend, penetrate.
10 determine.
11 know, undergo.
18 accompany.

Related forms

see·a·ble, adjectivesee·a·ble·ness, nounun·see·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for see through (1 of 3)

see through


verb

(tr) to help out in time of need or troubleI know you're short of money, but I'll see you through
(tr, adverb) to remain with until the end or completionlet's see the job through
(intr, preposition) to perceive the true nature ofI can see through your evasion

adjective see-through

partly or wholly transparent or translucent, esp (of clothes) in a titillating waya see-through nightie

British Dictionary definitions for see through (2 of 3)

see

1
/ (siː) /

verb sees, seeing, saw or seen

Derived Forms

seeable, adjective

Word Origin for see

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

British Dictionary definitions for see through (3 of 3)

see

2
/ (siː) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with see through (1 of 2)

see through


1

see through someone or something. Understand the true character or nature of someone or something, as in We saw through his superficial charm: he was obviously a liar. [c. 1400]

2

Also, see out. Remain with an undertaking to the end; also, provide steadfast support to. For example, I saw the reorganization through and then I left the company, or We'll see out the year in Florida and then decide if the move is permanent, or We'll see you through medical school but then you're on your own.

Idioms and Phrases with see through (2 of 2)

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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