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verb [intransitive] [never progressive] seem pronunciation in British English /siːm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleseeming
past tenseseemed
past participleseemed
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  1. 1
    to appear to be something, or to appear to have a particular quality
    John seems nice.
    seem happy/genuine/relaxed etc to someone: He seems happy enough to me.
    seem like: Going out for lunch seemed like a good idea.
    seem to do something: She seemed to take very good care of herself.
    seem (to be) someone/something: Susan seems like a very sensible person.
  2. 2
    used when you want to say something in a more careful or polite and less direct way
    it seems/would seem (that): It seems there’s going to be a slight delay.
    seem to have done something: I seem to have forgotten your name.
    can’t seem to do something: We can’t seem to get this computer to work.


  • it seems

    used for saying that something appears to exist or be true
    it seems to do something: It seems to rain all the time here.
    it seems (that): Standing there in the house, it seemed that he had never been away.
    it seems to someone (that): It seems to me this is his most important novel.
    it seems like: It seems like their marriage is over.
    it seems as if/though: It seems as if everybody else knew except me.
    so it seems (=it appears that this is true): ‘He’s not coming with us, then?’ ‘So it seems.’
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