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English noun: see

1. see (location) the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located

Broader (hypernym)seat

Instance hyponymHoly See, State of the Vatican City, The Holy See

Part meronymbishopric, diocese, episcopate

English verb: see

1. see (perception) perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

SamplesYou 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.

ExamplesSam and Sue see the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)behold, catch a glimpse, catch sight, get a look, glimpse, lay eyes on, see

Verb groupcatch, see, see, take in, view, watch

2. see (cognition) perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

SamplesNow I see!.
I just can't see your point.
Does she realize how important this decision is?.
I don't understand the idea.

ExamplesThey see that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsrealise, realize, understand

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)appreciate, perceive, take account

Verb groupenvision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, see, visualise, visualize

3. see (perception) perceive or be contemporaneous with

SamplesWe found Republicans winning the offices.
You'll see a lot of cheating in this school.
The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions.
I want to see results.

Synonymsfind, witness

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see

Narrower (hyponym)catch

Verb groupdiscover, find, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

4. see (creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

SamplesI can't see him on horseback!.
I can see what will happen.
I can see a risk in this strategy.

Synonymsenvision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, visualise, visualize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine

Verb grouprealise, realize, see, understand, visualise, visualize

5. see (cognition) deem to be

SamplesShe views this quite differently from me.
I consider her to be shallow.
I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do.

Synonymsconsider, reckon, regard, view

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)believe, conceive, consider, think

Narrower (hyponym)abstract, appreciate, call, capitalise, capitalize, consider, deem, disesteem, disrespect, esteem, expect, favor, favour, hold, idealise, idealize, identify, include, like, make, prise, prize, prize, receive, reconsider, reconsider, reify, relativise, relativize, respect, take for, treasure, value, value, view as

Verb groupconstrue, interpret, see

6. see (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

SamplesI learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.

Synonymsdiscover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up

Verb groupfind, see, witness

7. see (perception) see or watch

SamplesView a show on television.
This program will be seen all over the world.
View an exhibition.
Catch a show on Broadway.
See a movie.

ExamplesSam and Sue see the movie

Synonymscatch, take in, view, watch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)watch

Narrower (hyponym)preview, spectate, visualise, visualize

Verb groupsee

8. see (motion) come together

SamplesI'll probably see you at the meeting.
How nice to see you again!.

Synonymscome across, encounter, meet, run across, run into

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)cross, intersect

Verb groupassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

9. see (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.

ExamplesThey see whether there was a traffic accident

Synonymsascertain, check, determine, find out, learn, watch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)test

Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it

10. see (cognition) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

SamplesHe verified that the valves were closed.
See that the curtains are closed.
Control the quality of the product.

Synonymsascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see to it

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)verify

Narrower (hyponym)card, cinch, control, cover, cross-check, double-check, proof, proofread, spot-check

Verb groupascertain, check, check, check, check off, control, determine, find out, learn, mark, mark off, see, tick, tick off, verify, watch

11. see (social) go to see for professional or business reasons

SamplesYou should see a lawyer.
We had to see a psychiatrist.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)call, call in, visit

Verb groupsee

12. see (social) go to see for a social visit

SamplesI went to see my friend Mary the other day.

ExamplesSam cannot see Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)call, call in, visit

Verb groupsee, visit

13. see (social) go to see a place, as for entertainment

SamplesWe went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tour

Narrower (hyponym)take in

Verb groupsee

14. see (social) take charge of or deal with

SamplesCould you see about lunch?.
I must attend to this matter.
She took care of this business.

Synonymsattend, look, take care

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)care, give care

Narrower (hyponym)minister, tend

15. see (contact) receive as a specified guest

SamplesThe doctor will see you now.
The minister doesn't see anybody before noon.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)invite, receive, take in

Verb groupsee

16. see (social) date regularly; have a steady relationship with

SamplesDid you know that she is seeing an older man?.
He is dating his former wife again!.

ExamplesSam cannot see Sue

Synonymsdate, go out, go steady

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affiliate, associate, assort, consort

Verb groupdate

17. see (perception) see and understand, have a good eye

SamplesThe artist must first learn to see.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)see

Verb grouprealise, realize, see, understand

18. see (cognition) deliberate or decide

SamplesSee whether you can come tomorrow.
Let's see--which movie should we see tonight?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over

19. see (perception) observe as if with an eye

SamplesThe camera saw the burglary and recorded it.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)detect, discover, find, notice, observe

Verb groupsee

20. see (perception) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

SamplesThe customs agent examined the baggage.
I must see your passport before you can enter the country.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)auscultate, autopsy, candle, check, glance over, inspect, look, peruse, rake, run down, scan, scan, scrutinise, scrutinize, search, search, size up, skim, survey, take stock, x-ray


21. see (perception) go or live through

SamplesWe had many trials to go through.
He saw action in Viet Nam.

Synonymsexperience, go through

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)undergo

Narrower (hyponym)come, endure, enjoy, experience, feel, find, know, live, meet, see, suffer, suffer, witness

22. see (motion) accompany or escort

SamplesI'll see you to the door.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accompany

23. see (competition) match or meet

SamplesI saw the bet of one of my fellow players.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bet, play, wager

Domain categorycard game, cards

24. see (cognition) make sense of; assign a meaning to

SamplesWhat message do you see in this letter?.
How do you interpret his behavior?.

Synonymsconstrue, interpret

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)allegorise, allegorize, be amiss, draw out, educe, elicit, evoke, extract, literalise, literalize, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand, mythicise, mythicize, read, read, read, read between the lines, reinterpret, scan, spiritualise, spiritualize, take

Verb groupconsider, reckon, regard, see, view

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