- apparent; appearing, whether truly or falsely, to be as specified: a seeming advantage.
- appearance, especially outward or deceptive appearance.
Origin of seeming
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- to appear to be, feel, do, etc.: She seems better this morning.
- to appear to one's own senses, mind, observation, judgment, etc.: It seems to me that someone is calling.
- to appear to exist: There seems no need to go now.
- to appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems likely to rain.
- to give the outward appearance of being or to pretend to be: He only seems friendly because he wants you to like him.
Origin of seem
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Related Words for seemingprofessed, surface, appearing, illusive, illusory, ostensible, outward, specious, quasi-
Examples from the Web for seeming
Contemporary Examples of seeming
Her problem is when can she and Justin T get married now, in the foreseeable future, without it all seeming a bit “Hello, us too”?Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston
Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman
August 28, 2014
And yet, you can appear outwardly perfect, seeming to have it all together.We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
August 20, 2014
Williams interviewed and profiled four D-Day veterans, showing his sensitive side without ever seeming maudlin.Hillary Clinton’s Network Massage
June 10, 2014
Each side offends the other by seeming to justify their sense of doom.Cliven Bundy Is Angry—Just Like the Rest of Us
April 19, 2014
“A pleasure meeting you,” Bratton told the cop, seeming to mean it.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of seeming
The old man read it and for a time mused himself into seeming oblivion.
Miss Milbrey nodded encouragement, seeming to chuckle inwardly.
Don't let me be surprised at your seeming unsisterliness, Bella.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Then there is a seeming silence, but it is the silence of a deeper sound.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
She started suddenly awake, seeming to have been roused by the opening of a door.Weighed and Wanting
- (prenominal) apparent but not actual or genuineseeming honesty
- outward or false appearance
- (copula) to appear to the mind or eye; lookthis seems nice; the car seems to be running well
- to give the impression of existing; appear to bethere seems no need for all this nonsense
- used to diminish the force of a following infinitive to be polite, more noncommittal, etcI can't seem to get through to you
Word Origin for seem
late 14c., present participle adjective from seem. Seemingly in sense of "to all appearances" recorded from 1590s.
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.