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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysee through
he/she/itsees through
present participleseeing through
past tensesaw through
past participleseen through
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  1. 1
    see through something to recognize that something is not true and not be tricked by it

    We can all see through your little game, Adam.

    1. a.
      see through someone to realize what someone is really like or what they are really doing and not be tricked by them

      I’m not fooled that easily. I can see right through you.

  2. 2
    see something through to continue doing something until it is finished, especially something unpleasant or difficult

    Having come this far, she was determined to see things through.

  3. 3
    see someone through (something) to make it possible for someone to continue to the end of something, especially something unpleasant or difficult

    They had enough food to see them through the winter.

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