Meaning of “seem” in the English Dictionary

"seem" in English

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seemverb [ I + adv/prep, L ]

uk /siːm/ us /siːm/

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) no action need be taken.
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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(Definition of “seem” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /sim/

to appear to be:

[ L ] You seem very quiet today.
[ L ] He’s 16, but he seems younger.
[ L ] The news seemed too good to be true.
[ L ] She didn’t seem (to be) particularly happy.
[ I always + adv/prep ] They seemed like such a nice couple.
[ + to infinitive ] I can’t seem to stay awake.

(Definition of “seem” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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According to information received from the field, the international response has been generous and the immediate needs seem to be covered.
From this point of view, the idea of lowering thresholds of employee numbers above which companies are affected does not seem very reasonable.
In the meantime, it would seem to be essential to endeavour to improve the quality of initial decisions, as recommended in our proposal on asylum procedures.
Unfortunately, the new guidelines seem to be heading in the same direction and there are no signs that things will change once they have been implemented.
I am not the one who tabled the amendment, but it does seem to me that this is the point of it.
Subsequently, you tabled amendments, which is entirely legitimate; it is just that we cannot accept the way they are worded because they seem to relativise the question.
I also say we must give a clear signal, because we cannot have a two-speed policy: sometimes we seem to criticise but then we seem to do nothing.
On the other hand, reconciling practical measures with specific national characteristics would seem to be an avenue worth exploring if we want to achieve positive practical results.
We are sitting here, wringing our hands, writing resolutions, talking about human rights but, at the same time, we seem to have double standards.
Not at this moment, it would seem.