verb (used without object)
Origin of seem
Examples from the Web for seem
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
Whatever the reason, and however absurd their beliefs may seem, American evangelicals are deadly serious.
It did seem to me that some of our best officers were invariably placed in the most unimportant positions and commands.Adventures and Reminiscences of a Volunteer|George T. Ulmer
The surface is porous; the cells are distant and arranged irregularly, and seem as if composed of sand cemented with mud.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
Her taking of it began to seem to Artois, as it had evidently seemed to Gaspare, a fact of profound significance.A Spirit in Prison|Robert Hichens
The congregation is very small, consisting almost exclusively of women, who seem to do penance for both sexes in Cuba.Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
The color of the feathers does not seem to affect the quality of the flesh or their character for laying.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for seem
verb (may take an infinitive)
Word Origin for seem
Word Origin and History for seem
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.