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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English seen, from Old English sēon (to see, look, behold, perceive, observe, discern, understand, know), from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną (to see), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (to see, notice). Cognate with West Frisian sjen (to see), Dutch zien (to see), Low German sehn, German sehen (to see), Danish and Swedish se (to see), and more distantly with Latin sīgnum (sign, token), Albanian shih (look at, see) imp. of shoh (to see).

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see (third-person singular simple present sees, present participle seeing, simple past saw, past participle seen)

  1. To perceive or detect with the eyes, or as if by sight.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path. [] It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond [] appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw [] that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.
    1. To witness or observe by personal experience.
      Now I've seen it all!  Michael saw Will off at the train station.
      I have been blind since birth and I love to read Braille. When the books arrive in from the library, I can’t wait to see what stories they have sent me.
      I saw military service in Vietnam.
      • Bible, John viii. 51
        Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
  2. To form a mental picture of.
    • 2013 August 23, Mark Cocker, “Wings of Desire”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 11, page 28: 
      It is not just that we see birds as little versions of ourselves. It is also that, at the same time, they stand outside any moral process. They are utterly indifferent. This absolute oblivion on their part, this lack of sharing, is powerful.
    1. (figuratively) To understand.
      Do you see what I mean?
      • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
        Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [] . Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. [] But the scandals kept coming [] . A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul.
    2. To come to a realization of having been mistaken or misled.
      They're blind to the damage they do, but someday they'll see.
  3. (social) To meet, to visit.
    1. To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit.
      to go to see a friend
      • Bible, 1 Samuel xv. 35
        And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death.
    2. To date frequently.
      I've been seeing her for two months
  4. (by extension) To ensure that something happens, especially while witnessing it.
    I'll see you hang for this!  I saw that they didn't make any more trouble.
  5. (gambling) To respond to another player's bet with a bet of equal value.
    I'll see your twenty dollars and raise you ten.
  6. (sometimes mystical) To foresee, predict, or prophesy.
    The oracle saw the destruction of the city.
  7. To determine by trial or experiment; to find out (if or whether).
    I'll come over later and see if I can fix your computer.
  8. (used in the imperative) Used to emphasise a proposition.
    You see Johnny, your Dad isn't your real dad.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French sie (seat, throne; town, capital; episcopal see), from Latin sedes (seat), referring to the bishop's throne or chair (compare seat of power) in the cathedral; related to the Latin verb sedere (to sit).

Noun[edit]

see (plural sees)

  1. A diocese, archdiocese; a region of a church, generally headed by a bishop, especially an archbishop.
  2. The office of a bishop or archbishop; bishopric or archbishopric
  3. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised.
    • Spenser
      Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see.
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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch zee.

Noun[edit]

see (plural seë)

  1. sea

Estonian[edit]

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see (genitive selle, partitive seda)

  1. this
  2. it

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈse̞ː]
  • Hyphenation: see

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Noun[edit]

see

  1. cee (The name of the Latin-script letter C/c.)
    • 1990, Eila Hämäläinen, Aletaan I: Suomen kielen oppikirja vasta-alkajille (Let's begin I: Finnish textbook for the beginners), Helsinki: Helsingin Yliopisto (University of Helsinki), ISBN 951-454-895-7, page 23:
      Luemme kirjaimet näin: aa bee see dee ee äf gee hoo ii jii koo äl äm än oo pee kuu är äs tee uu vee kaksois-vee äks yy tset ruotsalainen oo ää öö
      We read the letters as follows: aa bee see …

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  • Speakers often use the corresponding forms of c-kirjain ("letter C, letter c") instead of inflecting this word, especially in plural. The plural forms may get confused with sei (saithe).

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the verb seâ. Compare Italian sega.

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see f (plural seis)

  1. saw

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch sēo, from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz.

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Noun[edit]

sêe f, m (stem sew-)

  1. sea

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North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz. Cognates include Dutch zee.

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see m (plural seen)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) lake

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see

  1. to turn, to present

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz. Compare English sea, Dutch zee, Low German and German See, Danish .

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see c

  1. sea