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verb [intransitive] [never progressive]     seem pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleseeming
past tenseseemed
past participleseemed
  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.


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