definition of seen by The Free Dictionary



v. saw, seen, see•ing. v.t.

1. to perceive with the eyes; look at.

2. to view; visit or attend as a spectator.

3. to perceive (things) mentally; understand.

4. to construct a mental image of; visualize.

5. to accept or imagine as acceptable: I can’t see him as president.

6. to be cognizant of; recognize: to see one’s mistake.

7. to scan or view, esp. by electronic means.

8. to foresee: He doesn’t see us in a war.

9. to ascertain; find out: See who is at the door.

10. to have knowledge or experience of: to see service in the Peace Corps.

11. to make sure: See that the door is locked.

12. to meet and converse with.

13. to receive as a visitor.

14. to visit.

15. to court or date frequently.

16. to help or assist: He’s seeing his brother through college.

17. to escort or accompany: to see someone home.

18. 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.

19. to read or read about.


20. to have the power of sight.

21. to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight.

22. to pay attention; heed: See, here it comes.

23. to find out; ascertain: See for yourself.

24. to think; consider: Let me see, what was his name?

25. see about,

a. to inquire about; investigate.

b. Also, see after. to attend to; take care of.

26. see off, to accompany (someone about to go on a journey) to the place of departure.

27. see out,

a. to work on until completion; finish; see through.

b. to escort to an outer door.

28. see through,

a. to ascertain the true nature of, esp. to detect the sham or treachery in.

b. to remain with until completion; see out.

29. see to, to take care of; attend to; see about: to see to the travel arrangements.


see red, Informal. to become enraged.

[before 900; Old English sēon, c. Old Frisian siā, Old Saxon, Old High German sehan, Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan]

see′a•ble, adj.




the seat, center of authority, office, or jurisdiction of a bishop.

[1250–1300; Middle English se(e) < Old French se (variant of sie) < Latin sēdes seat]

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