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verb see pronunciation in British English /siː/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysee
he/she/itsees
present participleseeing
past tensesaw
past participleseen
  1. 1
    [transitive] [never progressive] to notice someone or something using your eyes

    She laughed when she saw the expression on his face.

    see what/where/who:

    Did you see who it was?

    see (that):

    I could see she was upset.

    see someone/something doing something:

    Didn't you see him talking to her earlier?

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to be able to use your eyes to notice and recognize things

      If the operation is successful, he will be able to see again.

      see to do something:

      It was too dark to see to read.

      can't see a thing:

      She can't see a thing without her contact lenses.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to watch something such as a film or television programme

      We saw Hamlet at the National Theatre last week.

      Have you seen the film American Beauty?

    3. c.
      [transitive] to look at something in order to check it

      The border guard asked to see her passport.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to meet or visit someone who you know by arrangement

    Are you seeing Jane tomorrow?

    see you (=I'll meet you):

    See you at the station at 6 o'clock.

    1. a.
      [transitive] [never progressive] to meet someone who you know by accident

      I saw David in town the other day.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to have a business or professional meeting with someone

      When can Mr Martin see me?

      see someone about something:

      She's seeing the doctor about her leg tomorrow.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to spend time with a friend or member of your family

      We still see each other a couple of times a month.

      see more/less/a lot of someone:

      I've been seeing a lot of my sister recently.

    4. d.
      [transitive] to be visited by someone

      Peter still isn't well enough to see anyone.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [always in imperative] used for saying where you can find more information

    See chapter 12.

    see above/below (=nearer the beginning/end):

    This contributed to the success of the Republicans (see above).

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] [never progressive] to understand something

    I think I see the problem here.

    see why/what/who/how:

    I see why you're angry.

    see (that):

    No one could see he was to blame.

    can't/don't see why/what/that:

    I can't see that it matters who does it.

    He didn't see what all the fuss was about.

    see what someone means:

    'It's not fair to go without him.' 'Yes, I see what you mean.'

  5. 5
    [transitive] to consider someone or something in a particular way
    see someone/something as something:

    This was seen as an attempt to fool the voters.

    He seems to see me as a threat.

    see things differently (from someone):

    A scientist sees things differently from an artist.

  6. 6
    [transitive] [never progressive] to imagine someone or something
    see someone as something:

    Can you really see her as the president?

    see someone/something doing something:

    I just can't see them winning the game.

    see yourself:

    Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] [never progressive] to find something out

    As we saw in Chapter 2, the reasons for the war were complex.

    see (that):

    If you read his report, you'll see that he recommends a cautious approach.

    see who/what/why:

    I'll go and see what he wants.

    see if/whether:

    He went back to see whether they needed any help.

  8. 8
    [transitive] [never progressive] to experience something

    This little girl has seen so much misery in her time.

  9. 9
    [transitive] if a place or a period of time sees an event, the event happens in that place or during that time

    The region has seen some of the fiercest fighting in the war.

  10. 10
    [transitive] to go with someone because you want to make sure that they arrive somewhere
    see someone home:

    Can I see you home?

    see someone across the road:

    I'll see him across the road.

    see someone to the door (=when they leave a building):

    My secretary will see you to the door.

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