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English definition of “see”

see

verb [T] (UNDERSTAND)    /siː/ (present participle seeing, past tense saw, past participle seen)
B1 to understand , know , or realize : [+ (that)] I see (that) the social club is organizing a theatre trip next month . [+ question word] He can't see what difference it makes to come (= he doesn't think it is important if he comes) on Thursday instead of Friday . They didn't see the need/any need (= understand that it was important ) to notify their members of the changes in writing. They only refused to help because they're too busy , but he seems to see more in it than that. "I'm tired ." "So I see - you've been yawning all afternoon ." The chairwoman thought the new plan was a great improvement , but I couldn't see it myself (= couldn't understand why it was thought to be good, or didn't agree ). I was surprised that they couldn't see my point of view . The government didn't want to be seen to be making concessions to terrorists . After she read his book she started to see the issue in another/a different/a new light (= differently ).Understanding and comprehending Grammar:Hear that, see thatWe use hear that and see that to introduce new pieces of information. When we do this, the verbs hear and see mean ‘understand’ or ‘notice’. We normally use hear when we are thinking of something someone told us, and see when we are thinking about something we read about or saw. We often use the verbs in the present simple and sometimes leave out that:Grammar:SeeWe use the verb see to talk about using our eyes to be aware of what is around us:
(Definition of see verb (UNDERSTAND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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