verb (used without object)
Origin of seem
Synonyms for seem
Related Words for seemedsound, suggest, imply, look, show, hint, assume, pretend, intimate, resemble, insinuate
Examples from the Web for seemed
Contemporary Examples of seemed
He was getting another lesson in what he had seemed not to appreciate fully about cops.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Despite his efforts to live in the present, he seemed haunted by the specter of his father.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He seemed by all appearances perfectly happy to let the Republicans control the state senate.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of seemed
A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.
He seemed to make a strong effort to check some sudden impulse.
Yet all seemed cheerless; for the heart of Paralus was desolate.
Soon as I looked at her it seemed to me I'd known her always.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Making an effort to rise, he seemed surprised at his own weakness.
verb (may take an infinitive)
Word Origin 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.