› 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 takeoff.
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."
Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending