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Dictionary Definition

see n : the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located adv : compare (used in texts to point the reader to another location in the text) [syn: cf., cf, confer, see also]


1 perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight; "You have to be a good observer to see all the details"; "Can you see the bird in that tree?"; "He is blind--he cannot see"
2 perceive (an idea or situation) mentally; "Now I see!"; "I just can't see your point"; "Does she realize how important this decision is?"; "I don't understand the idea" [syn: understand, realize, realise]
3 perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results" [syn: witness, find]
4 imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, figure, picture, image]
5 deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do" [syn: consider, reckon, view, regard]
6 get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted" [syn: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover]
7 see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" [syn: watch, view, catch, take in]
8 find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: determine, check, find out, ascertain, watch, learn]
9 come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!" [syn: meet, ran into, encounter, run across, come across]
10 be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure]
11 go to see for professional or business reasons; "You should see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"
12 go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
13 visit a place, as for entertainment; "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning" [syn: visit]
14 take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business" [syn: attend, take care, look]
15 receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
16 date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!" [syn: go steady, go out, date]
17 see and understand, have a good eye; "The artist must first learn to see"
18 deliberate or decide; "See whether you can come tomorrow"; "let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"
19 observe as if with an eye; "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
20 observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country" [syn: examine]
21 go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam" [syn: experience, undergo, go through]
22 accompany or escort; "I'll see you to the door" [syn: escort]
23 match or meet; "I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"
24 make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?" [syn: interpret, construe] [also: seen, saw]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK , /siː/, /si:/
  • a US , /si/, /si/
  • Rhymes: -iː


Etymology 1

From sēon.


  1. To perceive with the eyes.
  2. To perceive or detect as if by sight.
  3. To form a mental picture of.
  4. To understand.
    Do you see what I mean?
perceive with the eyes
  • Chinese: 明白 (míngbai)
  • Danish: forstå
  • Esperanto: vidi
  • Finnish: käsittää, nähdä
  • French: voir
  • Greek: καταλαβαίνω, κατανοώ
  • Icelandic: skil, fatta
  • Italian: vedere
  • Japanese: 理解する (りかいする, rikaisuru)
  • Lower Sorbian: wiźeś
  • Norwegian: skjønne, forstå
  • Polish: widzieć
  • Russian: понимать
  • Serbian: схватити (shvatiti)
  • Sicilian: vidiri
  • Swedish: förstå
  • Turkish: anlamak

See also

Etymology 2

From sedes (seat), referring to the bishop's throne or chair (confer seat of power) in the cathedral; related to the Latin verb sedere (to sit).


  1. A diocese; a region of a church, generally headed by a bishop
  • Finnish: hiippakunta (region), piispanistuin (office)
  • French: Siège
  • German: Bischofssitz
  • Latin: sedes
  • Spanish: Sede
Related terms



  1. it, this



  • lang=fi|[ˈseː]
  • Rhymes: -eː
  • Hyphenation: see


  1. The letter C, c.


West Frisian


  • /seː/
  • /se:/



Extensive Definition

See may refer to:
SEE may stand for:

See also

see in German: See (Begriffsklärung)
see in French: SEE
see in Italian: SEE
see in Dutch: See
see in Japanese: シー
see in Low German: See
See can also be used as I SEE U

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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