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to perceive with the eyes; to perceive mentally: I see your point.
Not to be confused with:
sea – ocean; overwhelming quantity: a sea of troubles
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see 1

v. saw (sô), seen (sēn), see·ing, sees
a. To perceive with the eye: Do you see the hawk in the tree?
b. To detect by means analogous to use of the eye: The surveillance camera saw the intruders.
c. To attend or view as a spectator: saw a play.
d. To refer to or look at: Persons interested in the book's history should see page one of the preface.
a. To become aware of or apprehend: She saw from his expression that he did not want to go.
b. To find out or ascertain, often by moving: Please see who's knocking.
a. To take note of; recognize: She sees only the good aspects of the organization.
b. To consider to be; regard: Many see her as an inspiring figure.
a. To have a mental image of; visualize: They could still see their hometown as it once was.
b. To foresee or imagine: I see great things for that child.
a. To know through firsthand experience; undergo or experience: He saw service in the navy. She has seen many changes in her lifetime.
b. To be characterized by; be the time for: "The 1930s saw the development of sulfa drugs and penicillin" (Gregg Easterbrook).
c. To be subjected to; undergo: This word sees a lot of use in sports.
a. To visit, meet, or be in the company of: I saw all my aunts and uncles at the reunion.
b. To share the companionship of as a romantic partner: He's been seeing the same woman for eight years.
c. To visit for consultation: You ought to see your doctor more frequently.
d. To admit or receive, as for consultation or a social visit: The doctor will see you now.
a. To escort; attend: I'm seeing Amy home.
b. To make sure; take care: See that it gets done right away.
8. Games
a. To meet (a bet) in card games.
b. To meet the bet of (another player).
a. To have the power to perceive with the eyes: Once I got glasses I could see much better.
b. To have the ability to detect or record visual information: This telescope sees far into space.
a. To understand; comprehend: As you can see, life in medieval Europe was difficult.
b. To consider: Let's see, which suitcase should we take?
a. To go and look: She had to see for herself and went into the garage.
b. To ascertain; find out: We probably can do it, but we'll have to see.
4. To have foresight: "No man can see to the end of time" (John F. Kennedy).
Phrasal Verbs:
see about
1. To attend to: We'll see about changing your dorm room later.
2. To inquire into; investigate: Could you see about hotels in the area?
see after
To take care of: Please see after the children while I'm gone.
see off
To take leave of (someone): saw the guests off at the door; went to the airport to see us off.
see out
1. To escort (a guest) to the door: Will you please see Ms. Smith out?
2. To work on (a project) until completion: Despite poor funding, we saw the project out.
see through
1. To understand the true character or nature of: We saw through his superficial charm.
2. To provide support or cooperation to (a person) throughout a period of time: We'll see you through until you finish college.
3. To work on (a project) until completion.
see to
To attend to: See to the chores, will you?
see red Informal
To be extremely angry.
see the light
1. To understand or realize something after a period of ignorance or misunderstanding.
2. To undergo a religious awakening or conversion.
see you later
Informal Used to express goodbye.

[Middle English sen, from Old English sēon; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: see1, behold, note, notice, remark, espy, descry, observe, contemplate, survey, view, perceive, discern
These verbs refer to being or becoming visually or mentally aware of something. See, the most general, can mean merely to use the faculty of sight but more often implies recognition, understanding, or appreciation: "If I have seen further (than ... Descartes) it is by standing upon the shoulders of Giants" (Isaac Newton).
Behold implies gazing at or looking intently upon what is seen: "My heart leaps up when I behold / A rainbow in the sky" (William Wordsworth).
Note, notice, and remark suggest close, detailed observation, and note in particular implies making a careful, systematic mental recording: Be careful to note that we turn left at the church. I notice that you're out of sorts."I remarked a fresh colour in her cheeks, and a pinkness over her slender fingers" (Emily Brontë).
Espy and descry both stress acuteness of sight that permits the detection of something distant or not readily noticeable: "He drove off about five miles, speeding, before he espied a turnoff into a dirt road" (Flannery O'Connor)."the lighthouse, which can be descried from a distance" (Michael Strauss).
Observe emphasizes careful, closely directed attention: "I saw the pots ... and observed that they did not crack at all" (Daniel Defoe).
Contemplate implies looking attentively and thoughtfully: "It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants" (Charles Darwin).
Survey stresses comprehensive examination: "Strickland looked away and idly surveyed the ceiling" (W. Somerset Maugham).
View usually suggests examination with a particular purpose in mind or in a special way: The medical examiner viewed the victim's body.
Perceive and discern both imply not only visual recognition but also mental comprehension; perceive is especially associated with insight, and discern, with the ability to distinguish, discriminate, and make judgments: "I plainly perceive [that] some objections remain" (Edmund Burke)."Your sense of humor would discern the hollowness beneath all the pomp and ceremony" (Edna Ferber).

see 2

1. The official seat, center of authority, jurisdiction, or office of a bishop.
2. Obsolete A cathedra.

[Middle English, from Old French se, from Vulgar Latin *sedem, from Latin sēdēs, seat; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
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vb, sees, seeing, saw or seen
1. to perceive with the eyes
2. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand: I explained the problem but he could not see it.
3. (tr) to perceive with any or all of the senses: I hate to see you so unhappy.
4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foresee: I can see what will happen if you don't help.
5. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn: see who is at the door.
6. (when: tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, foll by to) to make sure (of something) or take care (of something): see that he gets to bed early.
7. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide: see if you can come next week.
8. (tr) to have experience of; undergo: he had seen much unhappiness in his life.
9. (tr) to allow to be in a specified condition: I cannot stand by and see a child in pain.
10. (tr) to be characterized by: this period of history has seen much unrest.
11. (tr) to meet or pay a visit to: to see one's solicitor.
12. (tr) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor: the Prime Minister will see the deputation now.
13. (tr) to frequent the company of: she is seeing a married man.
14. (tr) to accompany or escort: I saw her to the door.
15. (tr) to refer to or look up: for further information see the appendix.
16. (Card Games) (in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
17. as far as I can see to the best of my judgment or understanding
18. see fit (takes an infinitive) to consider proper, desirable, etc: I don't see fit to allow her to come here.
19. see someone hanged first see someone damned first informal to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
20. see someone right informal Brit to ensure fair treatment of (someone): if he has cheated you, I'll see you right.
21. see the light see the light of day See light124
22. see you see you later be seeing you an expression of farewell
23. you see informal a parenthetical filler phrase used to make a pause in speaking or add slight emphasis
[Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan]
ˈseeable adj


(Ecclesiastical Terms) the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated. See also Holy See
[C13: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit]
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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.
syn: See watch.



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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The verb see is used with several different meanings. Its past tense is saw. Its -ed participle is seen.

1. using your eyes

If you can see something, you are aware of it through your eyes.

I can see a light in her window.

Be Careful!
You usually use can in sentences like these. You say, for example, 'I can see the sea'. You don't say 'I see the sea'. Don't use a progressive form. Don't say 'I am seeing the sea'.

To say that someone was aware of something in this way in the past, you usually use could see.

He could see Amir's face in the mirror.

To say that someone became aware of something, use saw.

We suddenly saw a ship through a gap in the fog.

Be Careful!
Don't confuse see with look at or watch.

See see - look at - watch
2. meeting someone

See is often used to mean 'visit' or 'meet by arrangement'.

You should see a doctor.

If two people are meeting regularly, for example because they are in love, you can say that they are seeing each other. When see has this meaning, it is usually used in a progressive form.

How long have Daniel and Ayeisha been seeing each other?
3. understanding

See is very commonly used to mean 'understand'.

I don't see why she was so angry.
The situation could be complicated, if you see what I mean.

People often say 'I see' to show that they have understood something.

'He doesn't have any children.' – 'I see.'

When see means 'understand', you can use can or could with it.

I can see why they're worried.
I could see his point.

Be Careful!
Don't use a progressive form when see means 'understand'. Don't say, for example, 'I am seeing why they're worried'.


look atwatch
1. 'see'

When you see something, you are aware of it through your eyes, or you notice it.

We saw black smoke coming from the building.
I waved, but nobody saw me.
See see
2. 'look at'

When you look at something, you direct your eyes towards it.

He looked at the food on his plate.
People looked at her in astonishment.
See look
3. 'watch'

When you watch something, you pay attention to it using your eyes, because you are interested in what it is doing, or in what may happen.

We watched the sunset.
They just stood and watched while she carried all the bags inside.
4. entertainment and sport

Both see and watch are used when you are talking about entertainment or sport.

When you go to the theatre or cinema, you say that you see a play or film.

I saw that movie when I was a child.
We saw him in 'Hamlet'.

Don't say that someone 'looks at' a play or film. Don't say, for example 'I looked at that movie'.

You say that someone watches television. You can say that someone watches or sees a particular programme.

He spends hours watching television.
He watched a rugby match on television.
I saw his speech on the news.

Similarly, you say that someone watches a sport such as football, but you can say that they watch or see a particular match.

More people are watching cricket than ever before.
Did you watch the game last night?
Millions of people saw the World Cup Final.
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Past participle: seen
Gerund: seeing

I see
you see
he/she/it sees
we see
you see
they see
I saw
you saw
he/she/it saw
we saw
you saw
they saw
Present Continuous
I am seeing
you are seeing
he/she/it is seeing
we are seeing
you are seeing
they are seeing
Present Perfect
I have seen
you have seen
he/she/it has seen
we have seen
you have seen
they have seen
Past Continuous
I was seeing
you were seeing
he/she/it was seeing
we were seeing
you were seeing
they were seeing
Past Perfect
I had seen
you had seen
he/she/it had seen
we had seen
you had seen
they had seen
I will see
you will see
he/she/it will see
we will see
you will see
they will see
Future Perfect
I will have seen
you will have seen
he/she/it will have seen
we will have seen
you will have seen
they will have seen
Future Continuous
I will be seeing
you will be seeing
he/she/it will be seeing
we will be seeing
you will be seeing
they will be seeing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been seeing
you have been seeing
he/she/it has been seeing
we have been seeing
you have been seeing
they have been seeing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been seeing
you will have been seeing
he/she/it will have been seeing
we will have been seeing
you will have been seeing
they will have been seeing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been seeing
you had been seeing
he/she/it had been seeing
we had been seeing
you had been seeing
they had been seeing
I would see
you would see
he/she/it would see
we would see
you would see
they would see
Past Conditional
I would have seen
you would have seen
he/she/it would have seen
we would have seen
you would have seen
they would have seen
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.see - the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
bishopric, diocese, episcopate - the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
seat - a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
Verb1.see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
glimpse - catch a glimpse of or see briefly; "We glimpsed the Queen as she got into her limousine"
see - see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first learn to see"
catch a glimpse, catch sight, get a look - see something for a brief time
behold, lay eyes on - see with attention; "behold Christ!"
view, watch, take in, see, catch - see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
see - observe as if with an eye; "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
2.see - perceive (an idea or situation) mentallysee - perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"
perceive - become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"
take account, appreciate - be fully aware of; realize fully; "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
envision, fancy, picture, visualize, image, visualise, figure, see, project - imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
see - see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first learn to see"
3.see - perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, discover, find out, pick up, see - get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"
catch - become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window"
experience, go through, see - go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
find - perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
4.see - imaginesee - imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
realize, see, understand, realise - perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"
visualise, visualize - form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract; "Mathematicians often visualize"
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
5.see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
expect - consider reasonable or due; "I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"
receive - regard favorably or with disapproval; "Her new collection of poems was not well received"
construe, interpret, see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
reconsider - consider again; give new consideration to; usually with a view to changing; "Won't you reconsider your decision?"
reconsider - consider again (a bill) that had been voted upon before, with a view to altering it
include - consider as part of something; "I include you in the list of culprits"
think, believe, conceive, consider - judge or regard; look upon; judge; "I think he is very smart"; "I believe her to be very smart"; "I think that he is her boyfriend"; "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"
consider - regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem; "Please consider your family"
call - consider or regard as being; "I would not call her beautiful"
like - feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard; "How did you like the President's speech last night?"
relativise, relativize - consider or treat as relative
identify - consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else; "He identified with the refugees"
favor, favour - consider as the favorite; "The local team was favored"
abstract - consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
reify - consider an abstract concept to be real
idealise, idealize - consider or render as ideal; "She idealized her husband after his death"
deem, take for, view as, hold - keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
esteem, respect, value, prise, prize - regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"
disesteem, disrespect - have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
make - consider as being; "It wasn't the problem some people made it"
capitalise, capitalize - consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
prize, treasure, value, appreciate - hold dear; "I prize these old photographs"
6.see - get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"
get the goods - discover some bad or hidden information about; "She got the goods on her co-worker after reading his e-mail"
wise up - get wise to; "They wised up to it"
trip up, catch - detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator"
ascertain - learn or discover with certainty
discover, find - make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
witness, see, find - perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
7.see - see or watchsee - see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
watch - look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
visualise, visualize - view the outline of by means of an X-ray; "The radiologist can visualize the cancerous liver"
spectate - be a spectator in a sports event
preview - watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
8.see - come togethersee - come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"
intersect, cross - meet at a point
foregather, forgather, gather, assemble, meet - collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"
9.see - find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, check, assure, control, see - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
ascertain, determine, find out, find - establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
test - determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
10.see - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
proofread, proof - read for errors; "I should proofread my manuscripts"
check off, tick off, mark off, tick, check, mark - put a check mark on or near or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"
control - verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
check - verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"
double-check - check once more to be absolutely sure
cross-check - check out conflicting sources; crosscheck facts, for example
cinch - make sure of
card - ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor; "I was carded when I tried to buy a beer!"
spot-check - pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
verify - confirm the truth of; "Please verify that the doors are closed"; "verify a claim"
ascertain, find out, learn, watch, determine, see, check - find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
cover - maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; "The second officer covered the top floor"
verify, control - check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
11.see - go to see for professional or business reasons; "You should see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"
see - receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
call in, visit, call - pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
12.see - go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
call in, visit, call - pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
visit, see - go to see a place, as for entertainment; "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"
13.see - go to see a place, as for entertainment; "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"
tour - make a tour of a certain place; "We toured the Provence this summer"
see - go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
take in - visit for entertainment; "take in the sights"
14.see - take charge of or deal withsee - take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"
minister - attend to the wants and needs of others; "I have to minister to my mother all the time"
tend - have care of or look after; "She tends to the children"
give care, care - provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"
15.see - receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
receive, take in, invite - express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
see - go to see for professional or business reasons; "You should see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"
16.see - date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!"
date - go on a date with; "Tonight she is dating a former high school sweetheart"
affiliate, assort, consort, associate - keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues"
17.see - see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first learn to see"
realize, see, understand, realise - perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea"
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
18.see - deliberate or decide; "See whether you can come tomorrow"; "let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"
deliberate, moot, debate, consider, turn over - think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
19.see - observe as if with an eye; "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
see - perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
detect, discover, notice, observe, find - discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
20.see - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspectsee - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
search - subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
x-ray - examine by taking x-rays
candle - examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light
autopsy - perform an autopsy on a dead body; do a post-mortem
auscultate - examine by auscultation
survey - look over carefully or inspect; "He surveyed his new classmates"
glance over, scan, skim, rake, run down - examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
scan - examine minutely or intensely; "the surgeon scanned the X-ray"
peruse - examine or consider with attention and in detail; "Please peruse this report at your leisure"
scrutinise, scrutinize, size up, take stock - to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail; "he scrutinized his likeness in the mirror"
search, look - search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
inspect - look over carefully; "Please inspect your father's will carefully"
check - make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"
21.see - go or live throughsee - go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
experience, know, live - have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"
undergo - pass through; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "undergo a strange sensation"
suffer, endure - undergo or be subjected to; "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"
suffer, meet - undergo or suffer; "meet a violent death"; "suffer a terrible fate"
feel - undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of inflation"; "her fingers felt their way through the string quartet"; "she felt his contempt of her"
enjoy - have for one's benefit; "The industry enjoyed a boom"
witness, see, find - perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
come - experience orgasm; "she could not come because she was too upset"
22.see - accompany or escort; "I'll see you to the door"
accompany - go or travel along with; "The nurse accompanied the old lady everywhere"
23.see - match or meet; "I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
wager, bet, play - stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
24.see - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misunderstand, misinterpret - interpret in the wrong way; "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism"; "She misconstrued my remarks"
read between the lines - read what is implied but not expressed on the surface
mythicise, mythicize - interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology; "mythicize the ancient stories"
literalise, literalize - make literal; "literalize metaphors"
spiritualise, spiritualize - give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
reinterpret - assign a new or different meaning to
allegorise, allegorize - interpret as an allegory
read, take - interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"
read - interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
read, scan - obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
educe, elicit, evoke, extract, draw out - deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
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1. perceive, note, spot, notice, mark, view, eye, check, regard, identify, sight, witness, clock (Brit. slang), observe, recognize, distinguish, glimpse, check out (informal), make out, heed, discern, behold, eyeball (slang), catch a glimpse of, catch sight of, espy, get a load of (slang), descry, take a dekko at (Brit. slang), lay or clap eyes on (informal) I saw a man making his way towards me.
2. visit, call on, drop in on (informal), look (someone) up, be the guest of, call in on, pop in on (informal), pay a call on I went to see him yesterday.
3. watch, view, look at, observe It was one of the most amazing films I've ever seen.
4. understand, get, follow, realize, know, appreciate, take in, grasp, make out, catch on (informal), comprehend, fathom, get the hang of (informal), get the drift of Oh, I see what you're saying.
5. foresee, picture, imagine, anticipate, divine, envisage, visualize, foretell We can see a day when all people live side by side.
6. witness, watch, observe, view, note, notice, behold (archaic or literary) He has seen the economy of his town decline.
7. find out, learn, discover, establish, determine, investigate, verify, ascertain, make inquiries I'd better go and see if she's all right.
9. make sure, mind, ensure, guarantee, be sure, take care, make certain, see to it See that you take care of him.
10. accompany, show, escort, lead, walk, attend, shepherd, usher He didn't offer to see her to her car.
11. speak to, receive, interview, consult, confer with The doctor can see you now.
12. meet, encounter, come across, run into, happen on, bump into, run across, chance on I saw her last night at Monica's.
13. go out with, court, date (informal, chiefly U.S.), have an affair with, walk out with (obsolete), have a fling with, keep company with, go steady with (informal), consort or associate with My husband was still seeing her.
14. refer to See Chapter 7 below.
I see I understand, right, uh huh, mmm, I'm with you, I've got you, ah ha 'He came home in my car.' `I see.'
see about something take care of, deal with, look after, see to, attend to I must see about selling the house.
see someone off say goodbye to, wave goodbye to, wave off He saw her off on her plane.
see someone through keep (someone) going, help, support, aid, encourage, comfort, sustain, assist, help out, keep alive, stick by His determination saw him through.
see something through persevere (with), keep at, follow through, persist, stick out (informal), carry on with, see out, hang in, continue to the end, stay to the bitter end He will not be credited with seeing the project through.
see through something or someone be undeceived by, penetrate, be wise to (informal), fathom, get to the bottom of, not fall for, have (someone's) number (informal), read (someone) like a book I saw through your little ruse from the start.
see to something or someone take care of, manage, arrange, look after, organize, be responsible for, sort out, attend to, take charge of, do Franklin saw to the luggage.
seeing as since, as, in view of the fact that, inasmuch as Seeing as he is a doctor, I would assume he has a modicum of intelligence.
"What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over"
"What you see is what you get"
"Seeing is believing"
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1. To apprehend (images) by use of the eyes:
Scots: ken.
2. To perceive with a special effort of the senses or the mind:
3. To form mental images of:
Informal: feature.
4. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
5. To look upon in a particular way:
6. To know in advance:
7. To participate in or partake of personally:
Archaic: prove.
8. To be with another person socially on a regular basis:
Informal: take out.
9. To go to or seek out the company of in order to socialize:
Idiom: pay a visit.
phrasal verb
see to
To have the care and supervision of:
Idioms: keep an eye on, look out for, take care of, take under one's wing.
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دائِرَة الأسْقُفيُبْصِريَتَصَوَّر، يَتَخَيَّل، يَرىيُرافِقيَرى
vidětbiskupstvíchápatdoprovoditsejít se
seforståmødemødes medbispedømme
sjásjá fyrir sérsjá, hittasjá, skiljaskil
...을 보다만나다
eparhija, bīskapijaiedomātiesnojaustpapētītparedzēt
nhìn thấythấy


1 [siː] (saw (pt) (seen (pp))) VT & VI
1. (gen) → ver
I saw him yesterdaylo vi ayer
I can't seeno veo nada
to see sb do or doing sthver a algn hacer algo
I saw him cominglo vi venir
(go and) see who's at the doorve a ver quién llama (a la puerta)
he was seen to fallse le vio caer
I saw it done in 1988lo vi hacer en 1988
"see page eight"véase la página ocho
did you see that Queen Anne is dead?¿has oído que ha muerto la reina Ana?
he's seen it allestá de vuelta de todo
there was nobody to be seenno se veía ni nadie
there was not a house to be seenno se veía ni una sola casa
as you can seecomo ves
as far as the eye can seehasta donde alcanza la vista
from here you can see for milesdesde aquí se ve muy lejos
I'll see him damned firstantes le veré colgado
I never thought I'd see the day whennunca pensé ver el día en que ...
this car has seen better dayseste coche ha conocido mejores tiempos
this dress isn't fit to be seeneste vestido no se puede ver
he's not fit to be seen in publicno se le puede presentar a los ojos del público
see for yourselfvelo
I'll go and seevoy a ver
now see here! (in anger) → ¡mira!, ¡oiga!, ¡escuche!
I see nothing wrong in itno le encuentro nada malo
I don't know what she sees in himno sé lo que encuentra en él
I see in the paper thatsale en el periódico que ...
let me see, let's see (= show me/us) → a ver; (= let me/us think) → vamos a ver
she's certainly seeing lifees seguro que está viendo muchas cosas
we'll not see his like againno veremos otro como él
he's seen a lot of the worldha visto mucho mundo
so I seeya lo veo
I must be seeing thingsestoy viendo visiones
I can't see to readno veo lo suficiente para leer
can you see your way to helping us? (fig) → ¿nos hace el favor de ayudarnos?
we'll seeya veremos, a ver
I'll see what I can doveré si puedo hacer algo
she won't see 40 againlos 40 ya no los cumple
2. (= visit, meet) → ver, visitar; (= have an interview with) → tener una entrevista con, entrevistarse con
the minister saw the Queen yesterdayel ministro se entrevistó or tuvo una entrevista con la Reina ayer
I'm afraid I can't see you tomorrowlamento no poder verle mañana
I want to see you about my daughterquiero hablar con usted acerca de mi hija
what did he want to see you about?¿qué asunto quería discutir contigo?, ¿qué motivo tuvo su visita?
we'll be seeing them for dinnervamos a cenar con ellos
to see the doctorir a ver al médico, consultar al médico
you need to see a doctortienes que ir a ver or consultar a un médico
to go and see sbir a ver a algn; (a friend) → visitar a algn
we don't see much of them nowadaysahora les vemos bastante poco
see you!chau
see you on Sunday!¡hasta el domingo!
see you tomorrow!¡hasta mañana!
see you later!¡hasta luego!
see you soon!¡hasta pronto!
3. (= understand, perceive) → entender
I seelo veo
I see!ya entiendo
this is how I see itéste es mi modo de entenderlo, yo lo entiendo así
I saw only too clearly thatpercibí claramente que ...
it's all over, see?se acabó, ¿entiendes?
I can't or don't see why/howno veo or entiendo por qué/cómo ...
I don't see it, myselfyo no creo que sea posible
he's dead, don't you see?está muerto, ¿me entiendes?
the Russians see it differentlylos rusos lo miran desde otro punto de vista, el criterio de los rusos es distinto
I fail to see howno comprendo or entiendo cómo
as far as I can seepor lo visto, por lo que yo veo
the way I see ita mi parecer
4. (= accompany) → acompañar
he was so drunk we had to see him to bedestaba tan borracho que tuvimos que llevarle a la cama
to see sb to the dooracompañar a algn a la puerta
to see sb homeacompañar a algn a casa
may I see you home?¿puedo acompañarte a casa?
5. (= try) → procurar
see ifve a ver si ..., mira a ver si ...
6. (= imagine) → imaginarse
I can just see him as a teacherme lo imagino de profesor
I don't see her as a ministerno la veo or no me la imagino de ministra
I can't see myself doing thatno me imagino con capacidad para hacer eso
I can't really see myself being electeden realidad no creo que me vayan a elegir
I can't see him winningme parece imposible que gane
7. (= ensure) to see (to it) thatprocurar que + subjun
see that he has all he needsprocura que tenga todo lo que necesita
to see that sth is doneprocurar que algo se haga
see that you have it ready for Mondayprocura tenerlo listo para el lunes
see that it does not happen againy que no vuelva a ocurrir
see about VI + PREP
1. (= deal with) → ocuparse de
I'll see about ityo me ocupo or me encargo de eso
he came to see about our TVvino a ver nuestra televisión
2. (= consider) → pensar
I'll see about itlo veré, lo pensaré
we'll see about that!¡eso está por ver!
we must see about getting a new cartenemos que pensar en comprar un nuevo coche
see in
A. VT + ADV [+ person] → hacer entrar, hacer pasar
to see the New Year incelebrar or festejar el Año Nuevo
B. VI + ADV he was trying to see inse esforzaba por ver el interior
see into VI + PREP (= study, examine) → investigar, examinar
see off VT + ADV
1. (= say goodbye to) → despedir, despedirse de
we went to see him off at the stationfuimos a despedirnos de él or a despedirlo a la estación
2. (= defeat) → vencer; (= destroy) → acabar con
3. (= send away) the policeman saw them offel policía les dijo que se fueran
see out
1. (= survive) → sobrevivir a
we wondered if he would see the month outnos preguntábamos si viviría hasta el fin del mes
to see a film outquedarse hasta el final de una película
2. (= take to the door) → acompañar hasta la puerta
I'll see myself outno hace falta que me acompañe hasta la puerta
B. VI + ADV we shan't be able to see outno podremos ver el exterior
see over VI + PREPrecorrer
see through
A. VI + PREP [+ person, behaviour] → calar
I can see right through himlo tengo calado
I saw through him at oncelo calé enseguida, enseguida lo vi venir
to see through a mysterypenetrar un misterio
B. VT + ADV [+ project, deal] → llevar a cabo
don't worry, we'll see it throughno te preocupes, nosotros lo llevaremos a cabo
we'll see him throughnosotros le ayudaremos
£100 should see you throughtendrás bastante con 100 libras
C. VT + PREP this money should see you through your stay in Egypteste dinero te bastará para tu estancia en Egipto
see to VI + PREP (= deal with) → atender a; (= take care of) → ocuparse de, encargase de
the shower isn't working, can you see to it please?la ducha se ha estropeado ¿podrías ocuparte or encargarte de eso?
please see to it thatpor favor procura que ...
the rats saw to thatlas ratas se encargaron de eso


2 [siː] N (Rel) → sede f; [of archbishop] → arzobispado m; [of bishop] → obispado m
the Holy Seela Santa Sede
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vb [saw] (pt) [seen] (pp)
(= perceive with eyes) → voir
I could see Jenny in the kitchen → Je voyais Jenny dans la cuisine.
Did you see what happened? → Avez-vous vu ce qui s'est passé?
there was nobody to be seen → il n'y avait pas un chat
to see sb doing sth
I saw a man making his way towards me → J'ai vu un homme qui s'approchait de moi.
(= look at) → voir
Could I see your book for a second? → Est-ce que je peux voir ton livre une minute?
Could I see your passports please? → Puis-je voir vos passeports s'il vous plaît?
see Chapter 7 → voir chapitre 7
(= watch) → voir
Did you see the match last night? → Tu as vu le match hier soir?
It was one of the best films I've ever seen → C'est l'un des meilleurs films que j'ai jamais vu.
(= have meeting with) → voir
Mick wants to see you in his office → Mick veut vous voir dans son bureau.
You need to see a doctor → Vous devez voir un médecin.
to go and see sb about sth → aller voir qn pour qch
(= visit) [+ person, country, monument] → voir
Come and see us when you're in Cairns → Venez nous voir lorsque je vous serez à Cairns.
We saw the Taj Mahal at sunset → Nous avons vu le Taj Mahal au coucher du soleil.
He wanted to see the world → Il voulait voir le monde.
(= meet up with) → voir
Have you seen him recently? → Est-ce que tu l'as vu récemment?
I saw her yesterday → Je l'ai vue hier.
We used to see quite a lot of his wife → Nous voyions sa femme assez souvent.
see you! → salut!
see you soon! → à bientôt!
see you later! → à plus tard!
see you tomorrow! → à demain!
(= meet by chance) → voir
I saw her in the street several times → Je l'ai vue dans la rue plusieurs fois.
(= have relationship with) → voir
I didn't suspect Brian was seeing anyone else → Je ne me doutais pas que Brian voyait quelqu'un d'autre.
(= observe) → voir
I could see she was lonely → Je pouvais voir qu'elle se sentait seule.
(= understand) → voir
I see what you mean → Je vois ce que vous voulez dire.
He didn't see the joke
BUT Il ne comprenait pas la plaisanterie.
to see reason → entendre raison
to see sense → entendre raison
(= consider) → considérer
to see sb/sth as sth → considérer qn/qch comme qch
I see him as a visionary → Je le considère comme un visionnaire.
I don't see it as a crime → Je ne considère pas ça comme un crime.
(= perceive) [+ potential, possibility, quality, fault] → voir
to see sth in sb → voir qch en qn
I don't know what she sees in him
BUT Je ne sais pas ce qu'elle lui trouve.
(= accompany) to see sb somewhere → raccompagner qn quelque part
to see sb to the door → reconduire qn jusqu'à la porte, raccompagner qn jusqu'à la porte
to see sb home → raccompagner qn
(= imagine) → voir
We can see a day where all people live harmoniously together → Nous pouvons voir le jourtout le monde vivra ensemble en harmonie.
I can't see it ever happening → Je ne vois pas comment cela pourrait jamais arriver.
(= witness) → voir
Yesterday saw an increase in interest rates → La journée d'hier a vu une augmentation des taux d'intérêt.
I never thought I'd see the day when you'd give up cigarettes → Je n'aurais jamais cru voir le jour où tu arrêterais de fumer.
I've seen it all before → c'est du déjà vu pour moi
(= find out) → voir
I'll see what's happening → Je vais voir ce qu'il se passe.
I'll phone and see if she can come over → Je vais téléphoner et voir si elle peut venir.
(= make sure) to see that (= ensure) → veiller à ce que + subj
He would have to see that something was done → Il devra veiller à ce que quelque chose soit fait.
See that you take care of him
BUT Veillez à prendre soin de lui.
(in poker)suivre
I'll see you and raise you twenty → Je suis et je relance de vingt.
(with eyes)voir
I can't see → Je n'y vois rien.
see for yourself → voyez vous-même
let me see (= show me) → fais voir, fais-moi voir
(= find out) → voir
I'll go and see → Je vais voir.
you'll see → vous verrez
(= understand) → voir
I see! → je vois!
as far as I can see → pour autant que je puisse en juger
(= consider) → voir
I'll see (= will decide later) → je verrai
we'll see (= will decide later) → nous verrons
let me see (= let me think) → voyons voir
n [bishop] → évêché m
see about
vt fus (= deal with) → s'occuper de
to see about doing sth → s'occuper de faire qch
I must see about selling the house → Je dois m'occuper de vendre la maison.
see off
vt sep
(= say goodbye to) → dire au revoir à
They both came to the airport to see me off → Ils sont tous les deux venus à l'aéroport pour me dire au revoir.
She saw him off at the station → Elle est allée lui dire au revoir à gare.
I was up early to see him off to work → Je me suis réveillé tôt pour lui dire au revoir avant qu'il ne parte au travail.
(British) (= force to leave) → chasser
We saw them off the premises → Nous les avons chassés des lieux.
(British) (= defeat) → l'emporter sur
see through
vt fus
(= not be taken in by) [+ scheme, excuses, deception, lie] → voir clair dans
I can see through your little game → Je vois clair dans ton petit jeu.
We could see right through him
BUT Nous lisions en lui comme dans un livre ouvert.
vt sep
(= complete) [+ project, job, task] → mener à bien
I'm determined to see it through → Je suis déterminé à aller jusqu'au bout.
(= sustain) [+ person] → permettre de tenir
His resilience saw him through → Son endurance lui a permis de tenir.
to see sb through sth (= help) → soutenir qn dans qch
He saw me through all the hard times → Il m'a soutenu dans tous les moments difficiles.
see to
vt fus
(= deal with) → s'occuper de, se charger de
The window's stuck again. Can you see to it please? → La fenêtre est encore coincée. Tu peux t'en occuper s'il te plaît?
(= make sure) to see to it that ... → faire le nécessaire pour que ... + subj
She saw to it that the information went directly to Walter → Elle fit le nécessaire pour que les informations parviennent directement à Walter.
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1 pret <saw>, ptp <seen>

sehen; to see somebody do somethingsehen, wie jd etw macht; I’ve never seen him swim(ming)ich habe ihn noch nie schwimmen sehen; he was seen to enter the buildingman hat ihn gesehen or er wurde gesehen, wie er das Gebäude betrat; I saw it happenich habe gesehen, wie es passiert ist; I’ve seen it done three timesdas habe ich schon dreimal gesehen; I wouldn’t see you starveich würde doch nicht zusehen, wie du verhungerst; I don’t like to see people mistreatedich kann es nicht sehen, wenn Menschen schlecht behandelt werden; I wouldn’t like to see you unhappyich möchte doch nicht, dass du unglücklich bist; see page 8siehe Seite 8; there was nothing to be seenes war nichts zu sehen; I don’t know what she sees in himich weiß nicht, was sie an ihm findet; we don’t see much of them nowadayswir sehen sie zurzeit nur selten; I want to see a bit of the worldich möchte etwas von der Welt sehen or kennenlernen; I’ll see him in hell first (inf)ich denke nicht (im Schlaf) daran; she won’t see 40 againsie ist gut und gern 40; I/you must be seeing thingsich sehe/du siehst wohl Gespenster!; I must be seeing things, if it isn’t Peter!ich glaub, ich seh nicht richtig, das ist doch der Peter!; am I seeing things or is …?seh ich richtig, ist das nicht …?; I can’t see my way to doing thatich sehe mich nicht in der Lage, das zu tun; I saw myself obliged to/faced with the need to …ich sah mich gezwungen, zu …; I suddenly saw myself being cheatedich sah or erkannte plötzlich, dass man mich betrog
= checknachsehen, gucken (inf); I’ll go and see who it isich gehe mal nachsehen or ich gucke (inf)mal(, wer das ist)
= go and see film, show, sightssich (dat)ansehen; worth seeingsehenswert
= visitbesuchen; (on business) → aufsuchen; to call or go and see somebodyjdn besuchen (gehen); to see the doctorzum Arzt gehen; he is the man you ought to see about thisSie sollten sich damit an ihn wenden
= meet, talk to, receive = meet withsehen; (= have a word with, talk to)sprechen; (= receive visit of)empfangen; the boss can’t see you now, you can’t see the boss nowSie können den Chef jetzt nicht sprechen, Sie können jetzt nicht zum Chef (inf); the boss/doctor will see you nowder Chef/der Herr Doktor ist jetzt frei; what did he want to see you about?weswegen wollte er Sie sprechen?; I’ll have to see my wife about thatdas muss ich mit meiner Frau besprechen; have you seen Personnel yet?waren Sie schon bei der Personalabteilung?; the minister saw the Queen yesterdayder Minister war gestern bei der Königin; the Queen will see the minister tomorrowdie Königin wird den Minister morgen empfangen; she refused to see ussie wollte uns nicht empfangen or sehen; there was only one applicant worth seeinges war nur ein Bewerber dabei, den es sich anzusehen lohnte; I shall be seeing them for dinnerich treffe sie beim Abendessen; see you (soon)!bis bald!; be seeing you!, see you later!bis später!, bis nachher!; see you on Sunday!bis Sonntag!
= have relationship withbefreundet sein mit; I’m not seeing anyone at the momentich habe zurzeit keinen Freund/keine Freundin
= accompanybegleiten, bringen; to see somebody to the doorjdn zur Tür bringen
= find out, know we’ll see if we can helpmal sehen, ob wir helfen können; we’ll soon see who is rightwir werden ja bald sehen, wer recht hat; that remains to be seendas wird sich zeigen; let’s just see what happenswollen wir mal sehen or abwarten, was passiert; I don’t see any way I can helpich sehe nicht, wie ich da helfen kann; let me see if I can fix up somethingich werde mal sehen, ob sich etwas arrangieren lässt; let me see if I can’t find a better waymal sehen, ob ich nicht etwas Besseres finden kann
= visualizesich (dat)vorstellen; I can’t or don’t see that working/him winning/myself living thereich kann mir kaum vorstellen, dass das klappt/dass er gewinnt/dass ich da leben möchte; I can’t see myself in that jobich glaube nicht, dass das eine Stelle für mich wäre; can you see him as a father?kannst du ihn dir als Vater vorstellen?; he saw himself as a martyrer sah sich als Märtyrer; I can see it happeningich sehe es kommen; I can’t see any chance of that happeningdas halte ich für unwahrscheinlich or kaum möglich
= experienceerleben; he lived to see the beginning of a new ageer hat den Anfang eines neuen Zeitalters miterlebt; now I’ve seen everything!ist das denn zu fassen?; what impudence, I’ve never seen anything like it!so eine Frechheit, so etwas habe ich ja noch nie gesehen or erlebt!; it’s seen a lot of hard weardas ist schon sehr strapaziert worden
= hear, noticesehen; I see you still haven’t done that/he’s got married againwie ich sehe, hast du das immer noch nicht gemacht/hat er wieder geheiratet
= comprehend = understandverstehen; (= recognize)einsehen; (= realize)erkennen; I don’t see the importance of doing it/the need for the changeich verstehe nicht or ich sehe nicht ein, warum das unbedingt gemacht werden muss/warum das geändert werden muss; I can see that it might be a good thingich sehe ja ein, dass das eine gute Idee wäre; I can see I’m going to be busyich sehe schon, ich werde viel zu tun haben; I fail to or don’t see how anyone could …ich begreife einfach nicht, wie jemand nur … kann; I don’t see where the problem isich sehe das Problem nicht; I see from this report that …ich ersehe aus diesem Bericht, dass …; (do you) see what I mean?verstehst du(, was ich meine)?; (= didn’t I tell you!)siehst dus jetzt!; I see what you meanich verstehe, was du meinst; (= you’re quite right)ja, du hast recht; to make somebody see somethingjdm etw klarmachen; to make somebody see reasonjdn zur Vernunft bringen; I saw only too clearly that …ich erkannte nur zu deutlich, dass …
= consider problemsehen; as I see itso, wie ich das sehe; this is how I see itich sehe das so; that’s how I see itso sehe ich das jedenfalls; try to see it my wayversuchen Sie doch einmal, es aus meiner Sicht zu sehen; I don’t see it that wayich sehe das anders
= ensure see that it is done by tomorrowsieh zu, dass es bis morgen fertig ist; see that it doesn’t happen againsieh zu or pass auf, dass das nicht noch mal passiert; I’ll see you (all) right (inf)ich werd dich nicht vergessen (inf)
Cards I’ll see youich halte

= have sightsehen
= looksehen; let me see, let’s seelassen Sie mich mal sehen; can you see if I sit here?können Sie (etwas) sehen, wenn ich hier sitze?; it was so dark I couldn’t seees war so dunkel, ich konnte nichts sehen; who was it? — I couldn’t/didn’t seewer war das? — ich konnte es nicht sehen; can you see to read?ist es Ihnen hell genug zum Lesen?; as far as the eye can seeso weit das Auge reicht; see for yourself!sieh doch selbst!; now see here!nun hören Sie mal her!
= check, find outnachsehen, gucken (inf); is he there? — I’ll seeist er da? — ich sehe mal nach or ich guck mal (inf); I’ll go and seeich gehe mal nachsehen; see for yourself!sieh doch selbst (nach)!; let me seelassen Sie mich mal nachsehen
= discoversehen; will he come? — we’ll soon seekommt er? — das werden wir bald sehen or rausfinden (inf); what kind of person is she? — you’ll soon see for yourselfwas für ein Mensch ist sie? — das werden Sie bald selbst sehen or feststellen; you’ll see!du wirst es (schon) noch sehen!
= understandverstehen; as far as I can see …so wie ich das sehe; it’s all over, see?es ist vorbei, verstehst du?; it’s logical, do you see?es ist logisch, nicht wahr?; he’s dead, don’t you see?er ist tot, begreifst du das denn nicht?; as I see from your reportwie ich in Ihrem Bericht lese, wie ich aus Ihrem Bericht ersehe; it’s too late, (you) see (explaining) → weißt du, es ist zu spät; (= I told you so)siehst du, es ist zu spät!; (you) see, it’s like thises ist nämlich so; (you) see, we can’t do thatweißt du, das können wir nicht machen; that’s the way he is, (you) seedas ist eben seine Art(, weißt du); but this still has to be improved, you seedas muss natürlich noch verbessert werden; and we went out, see, and saw this film, see, and … (dial)und wir sind weggegangen, weißte (inf)or nich (N Ger) → or gell (S Ger), → und haben uns den Film angesehen, weißte etc, und …; I see!aha!; (after explanation) → ach so!; (to keep conversation going, = I’m with you) → ja; yes, I seeja, aha
= consider we’ll see(wir werden or wollen) mal sehen; I don’t know, I’ll have to seeich weiß nicht, ich muss mal sehen; will you be there? — I’ll seebist du da? — mal sehen; he said he’ll seeer sagt, er will mal sehen; let me see, let’s seewarten Sie mal, lassen Sie mich mal überlegen
? see about vi +prep obj
(= attend to)sich kümmern um; I’ll have to see about getting the roof mendedich muss mich darum kümmern, dass das Dach repariert wird; he came to see about the TVer kam, um sich (dat)den Fernseher anzusehen; I’ve still a few things to see aboutich muss noch ein paar Dinge erledigen; he came to see about the renter ist wegen der Miete gekommen; we’d better see about going nowwir sehen besser zu, dass wir jetzt gehen
(= consider) I’ll see about itich will mal sehen or schauen (esp S Ger); we’ll see about that! (iro)das wollen wir mal sehen

? see across vt always separatehinüberbegleiten or -bringen (→ prep obj über +acc)
? see after vi +prep obj (esp US: = attend to) → sich kümmern um
? see in vi (= look in)hineinsehen vt sep (= show in)hereinbringen; to see the New Year indas neue Jahr begrüßen
? see into vi +prep obj
house, roomhineinsehen in (+acc); to see into the futurein die Zukunft sehen or schauen; to see into somebody’s mindjds Gedanken lesen
(= investigate)untersuchen, prüfen, nachgehen (+dat)

? see off vt sep
(= bid farewell to)verabschieden; are you coming to see me off (at the airport etc)?kommt ihr mit mir (zum Flughafen etc)?
(= chase off)Beine machen (+dat) (inf); see him off, boy!verjag ihn!
(inf: = be better than) → in die Tasche stecken (inf)

? see out vi (= look out)hinaussehen; I can’t see out of the windowich kann nicht zum Fenster hinaussehen vt sep
(= show out)hinausbringen or -begleiten (of aus); I’ll see myself outich finde (schon) alleine hinaus
(= last to the end of) (coat, car) winter etcüberdauern; (old man, invalid) wife, year etcüberleben; will he be fit enough to see out the game?ist er fit genug, um das Spiel ganz durchzustehen?; to see the Old Year outdas alte Jahr verabschieden

? see over or round (esp Brit) vi +prep obj house etcsich (dat)ansehen
? see through vi (lit)(hin)durchsehen (prep obj durch) vi +prep obj (fig: = not be deceived by) → durchschauen; I can see right through youich habe dich durchschaut or erkannt vt always separate
(= help through difficult time)beistehen (+dat); to see somebody through a bad timejdm über eine schwierige Zeit hinweghelfen; he had £100 to see him through the termer hatte £ 100 für das ganze Semester; I hope £10 will see you throughdie £ 10 reichen dir hoffentlich
jobzu Ende bringen; (Parl) billdurchbringen

? see to vi +prep objsich kümmern um; that cough needs seeing toum den Husten muss man sich kümmern; that cough needs seeing toum den Husten muss man sich kümmern; see to it that you don’t/he doesn’t forgetsieh zu, dass du/er das nicht vergisst; I’ll see to itich werde mich d(a)rum kümmern; there’s no chance now, the rain has seen to thates ist aussichtslos, dafür hat der Regen schon gesorgt
? see up vi +prep obj (= look up)hinaufsehen; I could see up her skirtich konnte ihr unter den Rock sehen vt sep (= show up)heraufbringen


nBistum nt; (Catholic also) → Diözese f; (Protestant in Germany) → Landeskirche f; Holy See, See of RomeHeiliger Stuhl
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1 [siː] (saw (pt) (seen (pp))) vt & vi
a. (gen) → vedere
I can't see him → non lo vedo
I saw him writing the letter → l'ho visto scrivere or mentre scriveva la lettera
I saw him write the letter → l'ho visto scrivere la lettera
there was nobody to be seen → non c'era anima viva
I can't see to read → non ci vedo abbastanza per leggere
let me see (show me) → fammi vedere (let me think) → vediamo (un po')
can you see your way to helping us? (fig) → puoi trovare il modo di aiutarci?
to go and see sb → andare a trovare qn
see you soon/later/tomorrow! → a presto/più tardi/domani!
now see here! (in anger) → ma insomma!
so I see → sì, vedo
see for yourself! → guarda qua!
as you can see → come vedi
I must be seeing things (fam) → devo avere le allucinazioni or le traveggole
I see in the paper that ... → vedo che sul giornale è scritto che...
I see nothing wrong in it → non ci trovo niente di male
I don't know what she sees in him → non so che cosa ci trova in lui
(go and) see who it is → vai a vedere chi è, vedi chi è
this car has seen better days → questa macchina ha conosciuto tempi migliori
I never thought I'd see the day when ... → non avrei mai creduto che un giorno...
b. (understand, perceive) → vedere, capire; (joke) → afferrare
to see the funny side of sth → vedere il lato comico di qc
I see! → capisco!
I don't or can't see how/why ... → non vedo come/perché ...
as far as I can see → da quanto posso vedere
the way I see it → a parer mio, a mio giudizio
c. (accompany) → accompagnare
to see sb to the door/home → accompagnare qn alla porta/a casa
d. (ensure, check) → vedere, assicurarsi
to see if ... → vedere se...+ indic
to see that ... → vedere or badare che...+ sub
see that he has all he needs → vedi che non gli manchi nulla
I'll see that he gets it → farò in modo che lo riceva
e. (imagine) → vedere
I can just see him as a teacher → lo vedo benissimo nei panni dell'insegnante
I can't see myself as ... → non mi vedo come...
I can't see him winning → non credo che lui vincerà
see about vi + prep
a. (deal with) → occuparsi di
b. (consider) I'll see about itci penserò, vedrò
we'll see about it → si vedrà
we'll see about that! (iro) → vedremo!
see in vt + adv to see the New Year infesteggiare l'Anno Nuovo
see off vt + advsalutare alla partenza
see out vt + adv (person) → accompagnare alla porta
I'll see myself out (fam) → non c'è bisogno che mi accompagni
I'm afraid she won't see the week out (survive) → temo che non passerà la settimana
see over see round vi + prep (visit) → visitare
see through
1. vi + prep (promises, behaviour) → non lasciarsi ingannare da
I finally saw through him → finalmente ho capito che tipo è
2. vt + adv (project, deal) → portare a termine
we'll see him through → lo aiuteremo noi
3. vt + prep £100 will see him through the week100 sterline gli basteranno ad arrivare alla fine della settimana
see to vi + prep (deal with) → occuparsi di; (work-load) → sbrigare; (mend) → mettere a posto
please see to it that you lock all doors → si assicuri di aver chiuso tutte le porte


2 [siː] n (Rel) → sede f vescovile
the Holy See → la Santa Sede
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(siː) past tense saw (soː) : past participle seen verb
1. to have the power of sight. After six years of blindness, he found he could see.
2. to be aware of by means of the eye. I can see her in the garden.
3. to look at. Did you see that play on television?
4. to have a picture in the mind. I see many difficulties ahead.
5. to understand. She didn't see the point of the joke.
6. to investigate. Leave this here and I'll see what I can do for you.
7. to meet. I'll see you at the usual time.
8. to accompany. I'll see you home.
see about
to attend to, or deal with. I'll see about this tomorrow.
seeing that
since; considering that. Seeing that he's ill, he's unlikely to come.
see off
to accompany (a person starting on a journey) to the airport, railway station etc from which he is to leave. He saw me off at the station.
see out
to last longer than. These old trees will see us all out.
see through
1. to give support to (a person, plan etc) until the end is reached. I'd like to see the job through.
2. not to be deceived by (a person, trick etc). We soon saw through him and his little plan.
see to
to attend to or deal with. I must see to the baby.
I/we etc will see
I, we etc shall wait and consider the matter later. `May I have a new bicycle?' `We'll see.


(siː) noun
the district over which a bishop or archbishop has authority.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


يَرَى sejít se, vidět møde, se sehen, treffen βλέπω ver nähdä, tavata voir sresti, vidjeti vedere ・・・に会う, 見る ...을 보다, 만나다 zien se widzieć się, zobaczyć encontrar, ver видеть, видиться se, träffa เห็น, พบ görmek nhìn thấy, thấy 与…见面, 看见
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


vi. ver;
I see!¡Ya veo!;
Let's ___Vamos a ver;
to ___ to itatender, ver que, hacer que.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Collins Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


vt, vi (pret saw; pp seen) ver; to see a doctor..consultar a un médico; When was the last time you saw an eye doctor?..¿Cuándo fue la última vez que consultó a un médico de los ojos?
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Then he tried to look at himself; but he had, indeed, no neck to turn; so that in the endeavor to see his body he kept circling around and around, without catching even a glimpse of it.
I see explanation is necessary before I can tell you of the substance of my dreams.
I sat and thought and thought, till suddenly I could see again the image of a woman, beautiful, and young, and great and proud, and tender, going away from her land and her people.
He always was on the alert for dangerous foes, invariably warning me by low growls of the approach of a large carnivorous animal long before I could either see or hear it, and then when the thing appeared, he would run snapping at its heels, drawing the charge away from me until I found safety in some tree; yet never did the wily Nobs take an unnecessary chance of a mauling.
"'This,' I answered, 'must be as it may please heaven, but tell me and tell me and tell me true, I see my poor mother's ghost close by us; she is sitting by the blood without saying a word, and though I am her own son she does not remember me and speak to me; tell me, Sir, how I can make her know me.'
At last the Prince's horse gave way too, and then there came over them a darkness so black that they could no longer see the hind.
Four days only had elapsed since she had left me, never (to all appearance) to see me again.
The rocks about me were of a harsh reddish colour, and all the trace of life that I could see at first was the intensely green vegetation that covered every projecting point on their south-eastern face.
My back was turned towards the distant Hulks as I walked on, and, though I could see the old lights away on the spits of sand, I saw them over my shoulder.
For a minute he scarcely realised what this meant, and, although the heat was excessive, he clambered down into the pit close to the bulk to see the Thing more clearly.
They fill my soul with Beauty (which is Hope), And are far up in Heaven -- the stars I kneel to In the sad, silent watches of my night; While even in the meridian glare of day I see them still -- two sweetly scintillant Venuses, unextinguished by the sun!
It was a strange thing that in this chaos, in which Athos distinguished raised arms, in which he heard cries, sobs, and groans, he did not see one human figure.