Origin of seeing
verb (used with object), saw, seen, see·ing.
verb (used without object), saw, seen, see·ing.
- to investigate; inquire about.
- to turn one's attention to; take care of: He said he would see about getting the license plates.
- 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.
Origin of see1
Synonyms for see
Examples from the Web for seeing
Contemporary Examples of seeing
Seeing what they were doing, I was inspired to add my vision to their technique.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Are you seeing more commercial pressure from academic presses for historians to sexy it up a bit?Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Or is it simply that what you are hearing and seeing about race in the media seems worse?Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
But as we are seeing all over the world, one can serve the other.France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
The idea to invest in their own hair company came from Miko after seeing how clients at their salon responded to her natural hair.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of seeing
"It was providential, your seeing the rock," he said to the engineer.Brave and Bold
And I never dreamed of seeing her any place but New York again.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He had tried this method of seeing Viviette before, but without success.
I don't call that polite, seeing that I have come back to live with you.
When she met him on the platform she had a little shock at seeing him changed.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
verb sees, seeing, saw or seen
Word Origin for see
Word Origin for see
c.1300, present participle adjective from see (v.). Seeing Eye dog first attested 1929, American English, trademarked by Seeing Eye Inc. of New Jersey.
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]
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."
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.