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see /siː/ verb (past tense saw /sɔː $ sɒː/, past participle seen /siːn/)

Irregular Forms: (saw)(seen)

دیدن ، مشاهده کردن ، نگاه کردن ، فهمیدن ، مقر یا حوزه اسقفی ، بنگر
- perceive, behold, catch sight of, discern, distinguish, espy, glimpse, look, make out, notice, observe, sight, spot, witness
- understand, appreciate, comprehend, fathom, feel, follow, get, grasp, realize
- find out, ascertain, determine, discover, learn
- make sure, ensure, guarantee, make certain, see to it
- consider, decide, deliberate, reflect, think over
- visit, confer with, consult, interview, receive, speak to
- go out with, court, date (informal, chiefly U.S.), go steady with (informal)
- accompany, escort, lead, show, usher, walk
Related Idioms: fix one's eyes (or mind or thoughts) on, occupy oneself with, pay heed (or attention) to, take notice of, give the eye, hold in view, keep one's eye on, lay eyes on, turn one's eyes to, see the day when, see to it that
Related Words: sight, make out, examine, inspect, scan, scrutinize, penetrate, pierce, probe, consider, study, appraise, ponder, weigh, gape, gaze, glare, peek, peep, peer, stare, discern, discriminate, recognize, look out, watch out, accompany, go (with), attend
English Thesaurus: consult, see, ask sb’s advice, check with somebody, turn to somebody, ...

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. see1 S1 W1 /siː/ verb (past tense saw /sɔː $ sɒː/, past participle seen /siːn/)
[Language: Old English; Origin: seon]

1. NOTICE/EXAMINE [transitive not in progressive] to notice or examine someone or something, using your eyes:
The moment we saw the house, we knew we wanted to buy it.
He crouched down so he couldn’t be seen.
Can I see your ticket, please?
I saw the offer advertised in the newspaper.
can/can’t see
You can see the Houses of Parliament from here.
see where/what/who etc
Can you see where the marks are on the wall?
see (that)
He saw that she was crying.
see somebody/something do something
I saw him leave a few minutes ago.
see somebody/something doing something
The suspect was seen entering the building.
As you can see, the house needs some work doing on it.
Have you seen Chris (=do you know where he is)?
The accommodation was so awful it had to be seen to be believed (=you would not believe it if you did not see it yourself).

2. NOTICE SOMETHING IS TRUE [transitive not in progressive] to notice that something is happening or that something is true:
More money must be invested if we are to see an improvement in services.
After a month’s practice, you should see a difference in your playing.
Seeing his distress, Louise put her arm around him.
I would like to see changes in the way the course is run.
‘You’re not denying it, I see,’ he said coldly.
see (that)
I can see you’re not very happy with the situation.

3. ABILITY TO SEE [intransitive, transitive not in progressive] to be able to use your eyes to look at things and know what they are
can/can’t see
From the tower, you can see for miles.
I can’t see a thing without my glasses.
not see to do something
His eyes are so bad that he can’t see to read anymore.

4. FIND OUT INFORMATION [intransitive and transitive] to find out information or a fact
see what/how/when etc
I’ll call him and see how the job interview went.
She went outside to see what was happening.
see if/whether
I’ve just come to see if you want to go out for a drink.
These chocolates are gorgeous. Try some and see for yourself (=find out if it is true).
By looking at this leaflet, you can see at a glance (=find out very easily) how much a loan will cost.
it can be seen that/we can see that
From this graph, it can be seen that some people are more susceptible to the disease.
As we have seen in chapter four, women’s pay is generally less than men’s.

5. IN THE FUTURE [intransitive and transitive] to find out about something in the future
see if/whether
It will be interesting to see if he makes it into the team.
see how/what/when etc
I might come – I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.
Let’s try it and see what happens.
‘Can we go to the zoo, Dad?’ ‘We’ll see.’ (=used when you do not want to make a decision immediately)
‘How long can you stay?’ ‘I’ll have to see. It depends (=used when you cannot make a decision immediately).’
We’ll just have to wait and see.
see how it goes/see how things go (=used when you are going to do something and will deal with problems if they happen)
I don’t know. We’ll just have to see how it goes on Sunday.
Things will work out, you’ll see (=you will find out that I am right).

6. WHERE INFORMATION IS [transitive only in imperative] especially written used to tell you where you can find information:
See p. 58.
See press for details.
see above/below
The results are shown in Table 7a (see below).

7. UNDERSTAND [intransitive and transitive] to understand or realize something
see why/what/how etc
I can’t see why he’s so upset.
I see what you mean (=I understand what you are saying).
‘He lives here but works in London during the week.’ ‘Oh, I see (=I understand).’
You see, the thing is, I’m really busy right now (=used when you are explaining something).
You mix the flour and eggs like this, see (=used to check that someone is listening and understands)?
I can’t see the point of (=I do not understand the reason for) spending so much money on a car.
Do you see the point I’m making (=do you understand what I’m trying to say)?
The other officers laughed, but Nichols couldn’t see the joke.
see reason/sense (=realize that you are wrong or doing something stupid)
I just can’t get her to see reason!

8. WATCH [transitive] to watch a television programme, play, film etc:
Did you see that programme on monkeys last night?
We’re going to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tonight.

9. CONSIDER SOMEBODY/SOMETHING [transitive] to think about or consider someone or something in a particular way, or as having particular qualities:
Having a child makes you see things differently.
Violence is seen in different ways by different people.
as somebody sees it/the way somebody sees it (=used to give someone’s opinion)
As I see it, you don’t have any choice.
The way I see it, we have two options.
see somebody/something as something
I see the job as a challenge.
see yourself as something
He saw himself as a failure.
be seen as (being) something
The peace talks are seen as a sign of hope.
This type of work is often seen as boring.
be seen to be (doing) something
Teachers need to be seen to be in control.
The government must be seen to be doing something about the rise in violent crime.

10. see what somebody/something can do spoken
a) to find out if someone can deal with a situation or problem
see what somebody/something can do about
I’ll call them again and see what they can do about it.
b) to find out how good someone or something is at what they are supposed to be able to do:
Let’s take the Porsche out to the racetrack and see what it can do!

11. I’ll see what I can do spoken used to say that you will try to help someone:
Leave the papers with me and I’ll see what I can do.

12. see you spoken used to say goodbye when you know you will see someone again
see you tomorrow/at three/Sunday etc
See you Friday – your place at 8:30.
see you later (=see you soon, or later in the same day)
see you in a bit British English (=see you soon)
see you in a while (=see you soon)
(I’ll) be seeing you! (=see you soon)

13. VISIT [transitive] to visit or meet someone:
I’ll be seeing her tomorrow night.
I haven’t seen her since we left school.
She’s too sick to see anyone right now.

14. MEET BY CHANCE [transitive not in progressive] to meet someone by chance:
I saw Jane while I was out.

15. HAVE A MEETING [transitive] to have an arranged meeting with someone:
Mr Thomas is seeing a client at 2:30.
She was seen by a doctor but didn’t need hospital treatment.
see somebody about something (=see someone to discuss something)
I have to see my teacher about my grades.

16. SPEND TIME WITH SOMEBODY [transitive] to spend time with someone:
They’ve been seeing a lot of each other.
see more/less of somebody (=see someone more or less often)
They’ve seen more of each other since Dan moved to London.

17. be seeing somebody to be having a romantic relationship with someone:
Is she seeing anyone at the moment?

18. IMAGINE [transitive not in progressive] to imagine that something may happen in the future:
He could see a great future for her in music.
can’t see somebody/something doing something
I can’t see him winning, can you?
She’s got a new book coming out, but I can’t see it doing very well.
see somebody as something (=be able to imagine someone being something)
I just can’t see her as a ballet dancer.

19. seeing as (how) informal (also seeing that) used before giving a reason for what you are saying:
‘I might as well do something useful, seeing as I’m back,’ she said.

20. see something for what it is (also see somebody for what they are) to realize that someone or something is not as good or nice as they seem:
They are unimpressed with the scheme and rightly see it for what it is.

21. MAKE SURE [transitive not in progressive] to make sure or check that something is done
see (that)
It’s up to you to see that the job’s done properly.
Please see that the lights are switched off before you leave.
Don’t worry – I’ll see to it.
The hotel’s owners see to it that their guests are given every luxury.

22. EXPERIENCE SOMETHING [transitive not in progressive] to experience something:
She was so sick that doctors didn’t think she’d live to see her first birthday.
I never thought I’d live to see the day when women became priests.
She’s seen it all before (=has experienced so much that nothing surprises her) in her long career.been there, seen that, done that at been(3)

23. TIME/PLACE [transitive] if a time or place has seen a particular event or situation, it happened or existed in that time or place:
This year has seen a big increase in road accidents.
The city has seen plenty of violence over the years.

24. let me see (also let’s see) spoken used when you are trying to remember something:
Let me see ... where did I put that letter?

25. I don’t see why not spoken used to say ‘yes’ in answer to a request:
‘Can we go to the park?’ ‘I don’t see why not.’

26. GO WITH SOMEBODY [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to go somewhere with someone to make sure they are safe:
My mother used to see me across the road.
I’ll get Nick to see you home.
Let me see you to the door (=go with you to the door, to say goodbye).

27. be seeing things to imagine that you see someone or something which is not really there:
There’s no one there – you must be seeing things.

28. see double if you see double, something is wrong with your eyes, so that you see two things when there is only one

29. have seen better days informal to be in a bad condition:
Her hat had seen better days.

30. be glad/pleased etc to see the back of somebody/something British English spoken to be pleased when someone leaves or when you get rid of something, because you do not like them:
I’ll be glad to see the back of him.

31. see the last of somebody/something
a) to not see someone or something again, especially someone or something you do not like:
I thought we’d seen the last of him.
It was a relief to see the last of them.
b) to not have to deal with something any more:
Police hoped they’d seen the last of the joyriding.
We may not have seen the last of this controversy.

32. see the light
a) to realize that something is true:
She finally saw the light and ended the relationship.
b) to have a special experience that makes you believe in a religion

33. see the light of day
a) if something sees the light of day, it is brought out so that people can see it:
This decision will ensure that the Pentagon Papers never see the light of day.
b) to start to exist:
This type of PC first saw the light of day in 1981.

34. see red to become very angry:
The thought of Pierre with Nicole had made her see red.

35. not see somebody for dust British English informal if you do not see someone for dust, they leave a place very quickly in order to avoid something

36. see eye to eye [usually in negatives] if two people see eye to eye, they agree with each other:
We didn’t exactly see eye to eye.
see eye to eye with
I don’t always see eye to eye with my father.
see eye to eye on/about
We don’t see eye to eye on business issues.

37. seen one ... seen them all informal used to say that something is boring because it is very similar to other things:
When you’ve seen one of these programmes, you’ve seen them all.

38. see your way (clear) to doing something formal to be able and willing to do something:
Small companies cannot see their way to taking on many trainees.

39. (see and) be seen to look at or be noticed by important or fashionable people:
Royal Ascot is the place to see and be seen.

40. not see the wood for the trees (also not see the forest for the trees American English) to be unable to understand what is important in a situation because you are thinking too much about small details rather than the whole situation

41. see something coming to realize that there is going to be a problem before it actually happens:
John’s going to have a lot of trouble with him. You can see it coming.

42. see somebody coming (a mile off) British English spoken to recognize that someone will be easy to trick or deceive:
You paid £500 for that! They must have seen you coming!

43. see somebody right British English spoken to make sure that someone gets what they need or want, especially money:
Just do this for me and I’ll see you right.
Tell the landlord I sent you and he’ll see you right.

44. not see that it matters spoken to think that something is not important:
I can’t see that it matters what I think.

45. GAME OF CARDS [transitive] to risk the same amount of money as your opponent in a card game ⇒ it remains to be seen at remain(5), ⇒ see fit (to do something) at fit2(3), ⇒ wouldn’t be seen dead at dead1(12)

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. see2 noun [countable]
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: se, from Latin sedes 'seat']
an area governed by a bishop

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

I. become aware of sth using your eyes
ADV. clearly | dimly | hardly I could hardly see because of the smoke.
just We could just see the hotel in the distance.
VERB + SEE be able to, can/could I could see the boat quite clearly now.
strain to | be amazed to, be surprised to He was surprised to see Lucy standing there.
be relieved to | be glad to, be overjoyed to, be pleased to I'm glad to see that you're keeping well.
let sb A dolphin? Oh, let me see!
PHRASES turn and see He turned and saw her smile.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

II. meet/visit sb
VERB + SEE want to, wish to What is it you want to see me about?
live to He didn't live to see his grandchildren.
be glad to, be overjoyed to, be pleased to Aren't you pleased to see me?
PREP. about She's gone to see the mechanic about getting her car repaired.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

III. go with/accompany sb
PHRASES see sb home Don't worry, I'll see you home.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

IV. understand/realize sth
VERB + SEE can/can't, don't I can see why you were so angry about it. I don't see why she should get more money than the others.
be difficult to It is difficult to see how to get round this problem.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

V. find out
VERB + SEE want to I want to see how they'll react.
let sb Let's see what happens.
PHRASES go and see ‘Has the post come yet?’ ‘I'll just go and see.’
wait and see ‘Is he going to get better?’ ‘I don't know, we'll just have to wait and see.’

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

BAD: He sat there all morning seeing the planes taking off.
GOOD: He sat there all morning watching the planes taking off.
BAD: The teacher told us to see what he was doing.
GOOD: The teacher told us to watch what he was doing.

Usage Note:
see = notice something with your eyes, especially without concentrating or paying attention: 'Did you see anyone go out?' 'Turn the light on if you can't see.'
watch = look at someone or something and pay careful attention, especially for a long time: 'She watched the man with interest as he made his way through the crowd.' 'After dinner we usually sit down and watch the news.'

BAD: I'm sending you the magazine so you can see by yourself how beautiful the country is.
GOOD: I'm sending you the magazine so you can see for yourself how beautiful the country is.

Usage Note:
see sth for yourself (NOT by ) = check that something is really true,correct, as described etc by seeing it with your own eyes: 'If you think I'm exaggerating, come and see for yourself.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

See: can't see the woods for the trees , let me see or let's see

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary

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