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seemverb

 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) ​particularlyhappy. [I always + adv/prep] They seemed like such a ​nicecouple. [+ to infinitive] I can’t seem to ​stayawake.
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seemverb [I + adv/prep, L]

uk   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 toknow more about him than anyone ​else. They seem to be taking a ​longtime to ​decide. [+ (that)] It seems (that) she can't come. It seems to me (that) (= I ​think that) he isn't the ​rightperson 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “seem”
in Korean -인 듯 보이다…
in Arabic يَبدو…
in Malaysian kelihatan…
in French sembler, paraître…
in Chinese (Traditional) 似乎, 仿佛…
in Italian sembrare…
in Spanish parecer…
in Vietnamese dường như…
in Portuguese parecer…
in Thai ดูเหมือนว่า…
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 Indonesian memberi kesan…
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