What does see mean?

Definitions for see

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word see.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. seeverb

    the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located

  2. seeverb

    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"

  3. understand, realize, realise, seeverb

    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"

  4. witness, find, seeverb

    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"

  5. visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, picture, imageverb

    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"

  6. see, consider, reckon, view, regardverb

    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"

  7. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, seeverb

    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"

  8. watch, view, see, catch, take inverb

    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"

  9. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, seeverb

    come together

    "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"

  10. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learnverb

    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"

  11. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assureverb

    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"

  12. seeverb

    go to see for professional or business reasons

    "You should see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"

  13. seeverb

    go to see for a social visit

    "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"

  14. visit, seeverb

    go to see a place, as for entertainment

    "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"

  15. attend, take care, look, seeverb

    take charge of or deal with

    "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"

  16. seeverb

    receive as a specified guest

    "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"

  17. go steady, go out, date, seeverb

    date regularly; have a steady relationship with

    "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!"

  18. seeverb

    see and understand, have a good eye

    "The artist must first learn to see"

  19. seeverb

    deliberate or decide

    "See whether you can come tomorrow"; "let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"

  20. seeverb

    observe as if with an eye

    "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"

  21. examine, seeverb

    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"

  22. experience, see, go throughverb

    go or live through

    "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"

  23. see, escortverb

    accompany or escort

    "I'll see you to the door"

  24. seeverb

    match or meet

    "I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"

  25. interpret, construe, seeverb

    make sense of; assign a meaning to

    "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"


  1. Seeverb

    In poker and similar games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by staking the same sum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seeinterjection.

    Lo; look; observe; behold.

    Etymology: Originally the imperative of the verb see.

    See, see! upon the banks of Boyne he stands,
    By his own view adjusting his commands. Charles Montagu.

    See! the sole bliss heav’n could on all bestow,
    Which who but feels can taste, but thinks can know? Alexander Pope.

    See what it is to have a poet in your house. Alexander Pope.

  2. Seenoun

    The seat of episcopal power; the diocess of a bishop.

    Etymology: sedes, Latin.

    You, my lord archbishop,
    Whose see is by a civil peace maintain’d,
    Whose beard the silver hand of peace hath touch’d,
    Whose learning and good letters peace hath tutor’d,
    Whose white investments figure innocence,
    The dove and every blessed spirit of peace;
    Wherefore do you so ill translate yourself
    Out of the speech of peace, that bears such grace,
    Into the harsh and boist’rous tongue of war? William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    It is a safe opinion for their sees, empires, and kingdoms; and for themselves, if they be wise. Francis Bacon.

    The pope would use these treasures, in case of any great calamity that should endanger the holy see. Addison.

    Episcopal revenues were so low reduced, that three or four sees were often united to make a tolerable competency. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To SEEverb

    preter. I saw; part. pass. seen.

    Etymology: seon , Saxon; sien, Dutch.

    Dear son Edgar,
    Might I but live to see thee in my touch,
    I’d say I had eyes again. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. Is. xxi. 3.

    I speak that which I have seen with my father, and ye do that which you have seen with yours. Jo. viii. 38.

    He’ll lead the life of gods, and be
    By gods and heroes seen, and gods and heroes see. Dryden.

    It was a right answer of the physician to his patient, that had sore eyes: If you have more pleasure in the taste of wine than in the use of your sight, wine is good for you; but if the pleasure of seeing be greater to you than that of drinking, wine is naught. John Locke.

    I see her sober over a sampler. Alexander Pope.

    Seven other kine came up, lean fleshed, such as I never saw for badness. Gen. xli. 19.

    Such command we had,
    To see that none thence issu’d forth a spy. John Milton.

    Give them first one simple idea, and see that they perfectly comprehend it, before you go any farther. John Locke.

    The thunderbolt we see used by the greatest poet of Augustus’s age, to express irresistible force in battle. Addison.

    Who is so gross
    As cannot see this palpable device?
    Yet who so bold but says he sees it not?
    When such ill dealings must be seen in thought. William Shakespeare.

    The main of them may be reduced to language, and to an improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men, and conversing with people of different tempers and customs. John Locke.

    I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care for contradicting him. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

  4. To Seeverb

    Who maketh the seeing or the blind? have not I the Lord? Ex. iv. 11.

    Air hath some secret degree of light; otherwise cats and owls could not see in the night. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Could you see into my secret soul,
    There you might read your own dominion doubled. Dryden.

    Many sagacious persons will find us out, will look under our mask, and see through all our fine pretensions, and discern the absurdity of telling the world that we believe one thing when we do the contrary. John Tillotson.

    You may see into the spirit of them all, and form your pen from those general notions. Henry Felton.

    See whether fear doth make thee wrong her. William Shakespeare.

    Mark and perform it, see’st thou; for the fail
    Of any point in’t shall be death. William Shakespeare.

    Cassio’s a proper man: let me see now;
    To get his place. William Shakespeare, Othello.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seenoun

    a seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised

  2. Seenoun

    specifically: (a) The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop; as, the see of New York. (b) The seat of an archibishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archibishop; as, an archiepiscopal see. (c) The seat, place, or office of the pope, or Roman pontiff; as, the papal see. (d) The pope or his court at Rome; as, to appeal to the see of Rome

  3. Seeverb

    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

  4. Seeverb

    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

  5. Seeverb

    to follow with the eyes, or as with the eyes; to watch; to regard attentivelly; to look after

  6. Seeverb

    to have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit; as, to go to see a friend

  7. Seeverb

    to fall in with; to have intercourse or communication with; hence, to have knowledge or experience of; as, to see military service

  8. Seeverb

    to accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the cars

  9. Seeverb

    to have the power of sight, or of perceiving by the proper organs; to possess or employ the sense of vision; as, he sees distinctly

  10. Seeverb

    figuratively: To have intellectual apprehension; to perceive; to know; to understand; to discern; -- often followed by a preposition, as through, or into

  11. Seeverb

    to be attentive; to take care; to give heed; -- generally with to; as, to see to the house

  12. Etymology: [OE. seen, sen, seon, AS. sen; akin to OFries. sa, D. zien, OS. & OHG. sehan, G. sehen, Icel. sj, Sw. se, Dan. see, Goth. sahwan, and probably to L. sequi to follow (and so originally meaning, to follow with the eyes). Gr. "e`pesqai, Skr. sac. Cf. Sight, Sue to follow.]


  1. See

    See is the sixth studio album by rock band The Rascals, released in December 1969. It peaked at number 45 on the Billboard 200. Three singles were released from the album although the third "I Believe" b/w "Hold On" was released on Search and Nearness.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. See

    sē, n. the seat or jurisdiction of a bishop or archbishop: a throne.—Holy See, the papal court. [O. Fr. se, siet—L. sedessedēre, to sit.]

  2. See

    sē, v.t. to perceive by the eye: to observe: to discover: to remark: to bring about as a result: to wait upon, escort: to receive: to consult for any particular purpose: to suffer, experience: to meet and accept by staking a similar sum: to visit: to discern: to understand.—v.i. to look or inquire: to be attentive: to apprehend: to consider:—pa.t. saw; pa.p. seen.—interj. look! behold!—adj. See′able, capable of being seen.—n. Sē′er, one who sees or who foresees, a prophet.—See about a thing, to consider it; See one through, to aid in accomplishing or doing, esp. something difficult or dangerous; See out, to see to the end: to outdo; See through one, to understand one thoroughly; See to, to look after: (B.) to behold; See to it, look well to it.—Have soon one's best days, to be now on the decline; Let me see, a phrase employed to express consideration. [A.S. séon; Ger. sehen, Dut. zien.]

Editors Contribution

  1. see

    To feel, know, understand, interpret and perceive through the eyes and sight.

    She did see the future with such an open mind sharing life creatively with her husband.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SEE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, See is ranked #3911 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The See surname appeared 9,081 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname See.

    73.5% or 6,683 total occurrences were White.
    19.5% or 1,772 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.4% or 223 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 182 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 153 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 68 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'see' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #90

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'see' in Written Corpus Frequency: #72

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'see' in Verbs Frequency: #11

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of see in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of see in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of see in a Sentence

  1. Yusuke Seta:

    That's good news (as it means) potential oil demand, but I think the market needs to see more stable and concrete demand from China.

  2. President Trump:

    If you're as tired as I am of politicians who do nothing but talk, and you want to see this bus filled with illegals, vote Michael Williams on May 22.

  3. Windsor Holden:

    I wouldn't expect to see huge savings, or huge efficiencies announced in the first year to 18 months.

  4. Toby Fraley:

    I think it's always more exciting to see a piece of great art, as opposed to yet another book shop or fast food restaurant. Those are the only other entities breaking up the monotony between the identical gates.

  5. Sam Imrie:

    It was really interesting to see that we were all on the same page.

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