[ see ]
/ si /
verb (used with object), saw, seen, see·ing.
to perceive with the eyes; look at.
to view; visit or attend as a spectator: to see a play.
to perceive by means of computer vision.
to scan or view, especially by electronic means: The satellite can see the entire southern half of the country.
to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand: to see the point of an argument.
to construct a mental image of; visualize: He still saw his father as he was 25 years ago.
to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable: I can't see him as president.
to be cognizant of; recognize: to see the good in others; to see where the mistake is.
to foresee: He could see war ahead.
to ascertain, learn, or find out: See who is at the door.
to have knowledge or experience of: to see service in the foreign corps.
to make sure: See that the work is done.
to meet and converse with: Are you seeing her at lunch today?
to receive as a visitor: The ambassador finally saw him.
to visit: He's gone to see his aunt.
to court, keep company with, or date frequently: They've been seeing each other for a long time.
to provide aid or assistance to; take care of: He's seeing his brother through college.
to attend or escort: to see someone home.
Cards. to match (a bet) or match the bet of (a bettor) by staking an equal sum; call: I'll see your five and raise you five more.
to prefer (someone or something) to be as indicated (usually used as a mild oath): I'll see you in hell before I sell you this house. He'll see the business fail before he admits he's wrong.
to read or read about: I saw it in the newspaper.
verb (used without object), saw, seen, see·ing.
to have the power of sight.
to be capable of perceiving by means of computer vision.
to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight: Philosophy teaches us to see.
to give attention or care: See, there it goes.
to find out; make inquiry: Go and see for yourself.
to consider; think; deliberate: Let me see, how does that song go?
to look about; observe: They heard the noise and came out to see.
- to investigate; inquire about.
- to turn one's attention to; take care of: He said he would see about getting the license plates.
see after, to attend to; take care of: Will you please see after my plants while I'm away?
see off, to take leave of someone setting out on a journey; accompany to the place of departure: I went to the airport to see them off.
see out, to remain with (a task, project, etc.) until its completion: We decided to see it out, even if it meant another year.
- to penetrate to the true nature of; comprehend; detect: He quickly saw through my story.
- to stay with to the end or until completion; persevere: to see a difficult situation through.
see to, to take care of; be responsible for: I'll see to the theater tickets.
Origin of see1
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
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British Dictionary definitions for see to (1 of 2)
/ (siː) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for see to (2 of 2)
/ (siː) /
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 to (1 of 2)
Also, see to it. See under see about.
Idioms and Phrases with see to (2 of 2)
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
- 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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