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English verb: seem

1. seem (perception) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect


SamplesShe seems to be sleeping.
This appears to be a very difficult problem.
This project looks fishy.
They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time.


ExamplesThey seem to move


Synonymsappear, look


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)beam, come across, cut, feel, feel, gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, jump, jump out, leap out, lift, loom, make, pass off, radiate, rear, rise, shine, shine, sound, stand out, stick out

2. seem (perception) seem to be true, probable, or apparent


SamplesIt seems that he is very gifted.
It appears that the weather in California is very bad.


Synonymsappear


Pattern of useIt ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)seem

3. seem (stative) appear to exist


SamplesThere seems no reason to go ahead with the project now.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be

4. seem (perception) appear to one's own mind or opinion


SamplesI seem to be misunderstood by everyone.
I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)appear, seem









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