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English definition of “see”

see

verb  /si/ (past tense saw  //, past participle seen  /sin/) us  

see verb (USE EYES)

[I/T] to be aware of what is around you by using your eyes; look at something: [T] From the kitchen window, I can see the kids playing in the backyard. [+ question word] Can you see what is happening? [T] The agent said they could see the house at 3 p.m. [T] Did you see that documentary about homelessness on TV last night?

see verb (UNDERSTAND)

[I/T] to understand, know, or be aware: [I] "It’s easier if you hold it this way." "Oh, I see." [T] I can’t see any reason why they would object. [+ question word] I can see why you didn’t want to go out with him.

see verb (CONSIDER)

[I/T] to consider someone or something in a particular way, or to imagine someone doing a particular activity: [T] Under the circumstances, I can’t see her accepting the job (= I do not think she will accept it). [T] I can’t see my brother as a businessman. [T] As I see it/the situation, we’ll have to get extra help. [I] "Do you think there’ll be time to stop for lunch?" "We’ll see (= I will consider it)." [+ question word] I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

see verb (MEET)

[T] to meet, visit, or spend time with someone: I saw Darlene last week. Mom is seeing the doctor tomorrow. They see each other on weekends (= they are often together then). How long have they been seeing each other (= having a romantic relationship)?

see verb (TRY TO DISCOVER)

[+ question word] to try to discover: Will you see who is at the door?

see verb (MAKE CERTAIN)

[+ that clause] to make certain (that something happens): She said she’d see that her boss gets the message.

see verb (EXPERIENCE)

[T] to experience something: This coat has seen a lot of wear. She’s seen a lot of changes in this office over the years. [T] If a time or place has seen something, it happened or existed there or then: This summer has seen unusually high temperatures.
(Definition of see from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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