Definition of “seem” - English Dictionary

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“seem” in British 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)

“seem” in American English

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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)