Meaning of see


Pronunciation: (sē), [key]
— v., saw, seen, see•ing.
  1. to perceive with the eyes; look at.
  2. to view; visit or attend as a spectator: to see a play.
  3. to perceive by means of computer vision.
  4. to scan or view, esp. by electronic means: The satellite can see the entire southern half of the country.
  5. to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand: to see the point of an argument.
  6. to construct a mental image of; visualize: He still saw his father as he was 25 years ago.
  7. to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable: I can't see him as president.
  8. to be cognizant of; recognize: to see the good in others; to see where the mistake is.
  9. to foresee: He could see war ahead.
  10. to ascertain, learn, or find out: See who is at the door.
  11. to have knowledge or experience of: to see service in the foreign corps.
  12. to make sure: See that the work is done.
  13. to meet and converse with: Are you seeing her at lunch today?
  14. to receive as a visitor: The ambassador finally saw him.
  15. to visit: He's gone to see his aunt.
  16. to court, keep company with, or date frequently: They've been seeing each other for a long time.
  17. to provide aid or assistance to; take care of: He's seeing his brother through college.
  18. to attend or escort: to see someone home.
  19. to match (a bet) or match the bet of (a bettor) by staking an equal sum; call: I'll see your five and raise you five more.
  20. to prefer (someone or something) to be as indicated (usually used as a mild oath): I'll see you in hell before I sell you this house. He'll see the business fail before he admits he's wrong.
  21. to read or read about: I saw it in the newspaper.
  1. to have the power of sight.
  2. to be capable of perceiving by means of computer vision.
  3. to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight: Philosophy teaches us to see.
  4. to give attention or care: See, there it goes.
  5. to find out; make inquiry: Go and see for yourself.
  6. to consider; think; deliberate: Let me see, how does that song go?
  7. to look about; observe: They heard the noise and came out to see.
  8. He said he would see about getting the license plates.
    1. to investigate; inquire about.
    2. to turn one's attention to; take care of:He said he would see about getting the license plates.
  9. to attend to; take care of: Will you please see after my plants while I'm away?
  10. to take leave of someone setting out on a journey; accompany to the place of departure: I went to the airport to see them off.
  11. to remain with (a task, project, etc.) until its completion: We decided to see it out, even if it meant another year.
  12. He quickly saw through my story.
    1. to penetrate to the true nature of; comprehend; detect:He quickly saw through my story.
    2. to stay with to the end or until completion; persevere:to see a difficult situation through.
  13. to take care of; be responsible for: I'll see to the theater tickets.


Pronunciation: (sē), [key]
— n. Eccles.
  1. the seat, center of authority, office, or jurisdiction of a bishop.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • see (Thesaurus)