See v. t. [imp. Saw p. p. Seen p. pr. & vb. n. Seeing.]
1. To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of by the organs of sight; to behold; to descry; to view.
I will now turn aside, and see this great sight. --Ex. iii. 3.
2. To perceive by mental vision; to form an idea or conception of; to note with the mind; to observe; to discern; to distinguish; to understand; to comprehend; to ascertain.
Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. --Gen. xxxvii. 14.
Jesus saw that he answered discreetly. --Mark xii. 34.
Who's so gross
That seeth not this palpable device? --Shak.
3. To follow with the eyes, or as with the eyes; to watch; to regard attentively; to look after.
I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care for contradicting him. --Addison.
4. To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit; as, to go to see a friend.
And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death. --1 Sam. xv. 35.
5. To fall in with; to meet or associate with; to have intercourse or communication with; hence, to have knowledge or experience of; as, to see military service.
Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. --Ps. xc. 15.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. --John viii. 51.
Improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men. --Locke.
6. To accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the cars.
7. In poker and similar games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by staking the same sum. “I'll see you and raise you ten.”
God you see (or God him see or God me see, etc.), God keep you (him, me, etc.) in his sight; God protect you. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
To see (anything) out, to see (it) to the end; to be present at, work at, or attend, to the end.
To see stars, to see flashes of light, like stars; -- sometimes the result of concussion of the head. [Colloq.]
To see (one) through, to help, watch, or guard (one) to the end of a course or an undertaking.
Seen p. p. of See.
Seen, a. Versed; skilled; accomplished. [Obs.]
Well seen in every science that mote be. --Spenser.
Noble Boyle, not less in nature seen,
Than his great brother read in states and men. --Dryden.
n : the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is
adv : compare (used in texts to point the reader to another
location in the text) [syn: cf., cf, confer, see
v 1: 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
2: 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" [syn: understand, realize, realise]
3: perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans
winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in
this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the
rebellion of the younger generation against established
traditions"; "I want to see results" [syn: witness, find]
4: 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" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision,
project, fancy, figure, picture, image]
5: 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" [syn: consider, reckon,
6: 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" [syn: learn, hear, get word,
get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover]
7: 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" [syn: watch, view,
catch, take in]
8: 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" [syn: determine, check, find out, ascertain,
9: come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How
nice to see you again!" [syn: meet, ran into, encounter,
run across, come across]
10: 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" [syn: check, insure, see to it, ensure,
control, ascertain, assure]
11: go to see for professional or business reasons; "You should
see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"
12: go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary
the other day"
13: visit a place, as for entertainment; "We went to see the
Eiffel Tower in the morning" [syn: visit]
14: take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?";
"I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this
business" [syn: attend, take care, look]
15: receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now";
"The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
16: date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you
know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his
former wife again!" [syn: go steady, go out, date]
17: see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first
learn to see"
18: deliberate or decide; "See whether you can come tomorrow";
"let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"
19: observe as if with an eye; "The camera saw the burglary and
20: 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" [syn: examine]
21: go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he
saw action in Viet Nam" [syn: experience, undergo, go
22: accompany or escort; "I'll see you to the door" [syn: escort]
23: match or meet; "I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"
24: make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see
in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
[syn: interpret, construe]
[also: seen, saw]