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seem

verb [I + adv/prep, L] uk   /siːm/ us  
B1 to give the effect of being; to be judged to be: He's 16, but he often seems (to be) younger. The children seemed (as if/as though/like they were) tired. I suspect his claims are not all they seem - he tends to exaggerate. Things are seldom as/how/what they seem. [+ to infinitive] I seem to know more about him than anyone else. They seem to be taking a long time to decide. [+ (that)] It seems (that) she can't come. It seems to me (that) (= I think that) he isn't the right person for the job. formal It would seem (that) we need to be at the airport two hours before take-off. There seems to have been a mistake - my name isn't on the list. [after so] "There's no reply - they've all gone home." "So it seems." "Was a decision made?" "It seems not/so."
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in Spanish parecer…
in Arabic يَبدو…
in Korean -인 듯 보이다…
in Portuguese parecer…
in French sembler, paraître…
in German scheinen…
in Catalan semblar…
in Japanese ~のようである, ~のように見える…
in Chinese (Simplified) 似乎, 仿佛…
in Chinese (Traditional) 似乎, 仿佛…
in Italian sembrare…
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