Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Seem \Seem\ (s[=e]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Seemed (s[=e]md); p.
pr. & vb. n. Seeming.] [OE. semen to seem, to become,
befit, AS. s[=e]man to satisfy, pacify; akin to Icel. s[ae]ma
to honor, to bear with, conform to, s[ae]mr becoming, fit,
s[=o]ma to beseem, to befit, sama to beseem, semja to
arrange, settle, put right, Goth. samjan to please, and to E.
same. The sense is probably due to the adj. seemly.
To appear, or to appear to be; to have a show or semblance;
to present an appearance; to look; to strike one's
apprehension or fancy as being; to be taken as. ``It now
Thou picture of what thou seem'st.
All seemed well pleased; all seemed, but were not all.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the
end thereof are the ways of death.
--Prov. xiv. 12.
It seems, it appears; it is understood as true; it is said.
A prince of Italy, it seems, entertained his
mistress on a great lake.
Syn: To appear; look.
Usage: Seem, Appear. To appear has reference to a thing's
being presented to our view; as, the sun appears; to
seem is connected with the idea of semblance, and
usually implies an inference of our mind as to the
probability of a thing's being so; as, a storm seems
to be coming. ``The story appears to be true,'' means
that the facts, as presented, go to show its truth;
``the story seems to be true,'' means that it has the
semblance of being so, and we infer that it is true.
``His first and principal care being to appear unto
his people such as he would have them be, and to be
such as he appeared.''
--Sir P. Sidney.
Ham. Ay, madam, it is common.
Queen. If it be,
Why seems it so particular with thee?
Ham. Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not
Seem \Seem\, v. t.
To befit; to beseem. [Obs.]
v. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks fishy"; "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time" [syn: look, appear]
seem to be true, probable, or apparent; "It seems that he is very gifted"; "It appears that the weather in California is very bad" [syn: appear]
appear to exist; "There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now"
appear to one's own mind or opinion; "I seem to be misunderstood by everyone"; "I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, "to appear to be;" c.1300, "to be fitting, be appropriate, be suitable," though the more recent sense in English is the etymological one; from Old Norse soema "to honor; to put up with; to conform to (the world, etc.)," verb derived from adjective soemr "fitting," from Proto-Germanic *somi- (cognates: Old English som "agreement, reconciliation," seman "to conciliate," source of Middle English semen "to settle a dispute," literally "to make one;" Old Danish some "to be proper or seemly"), from PIE *som-i-, from root *sem- "one, as one" (see same). Related: Seemed; seeming.
vb. (lb en copulative) To appear; to look outwardly; to be perceived as.
SEEM as an acronym may stand for:
- Serially Electrically Erasable Memory
- Social Enterprise East Midlands
Usage examples of "seem".
The Heir-Empress was an Aberrant, and the Empress in her hubris still seemed intent on putting her on the throne.
A shadow seemed to settle on his heart as he thought of the Aberrant lady they had met in Axekami.
In truth, she wondered that Tane did not suspect Asara of being an Aberrant, but it seemed that he would rather not know.
It seems likely that Raeder took this step largely because he wanted to anticipate any sudden aberration of his unpredictable Leader.
Bal had lent Barrie to us, and without a woman to aid and abet him, it seemed to me that he was powerless.
I am charged with aiding and abetting his escape it seems to me that I have a right to know who he is.
So they took counsel together, and to some it seemed better to abide the onset on their vantage ground.
It bore both the rich aroma of leaves being burnt in the fall and the faint perfume of wildflowers ablow in the spring, but it also held a third attar which seemed to be the breath of the Wind itself which none could ever set name to.
In many of his contemporaries also much the same fluctuation of mood was occurring, and to them as to Paul it seemed that the issue lay between the old faith, however modernized, and the complete abnegation of human dignity.
It is one of a small group of diseases characterized by the production of abnormally high quantities of urine, so that water seemed simply to pass through the body in a hurry.
Walgun, and though the place seemed deserted, an abo in a singlet and shorts eventually answered the blare of our horn.
Tuck looked to Abo, who seemed satisfied that the chief was backing him up.
Men were started aboard this ship, it seemed, even when they were doing their work efficiently.
So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.
A swarm of birds-gulls and ternswas wheeling over half an acre of water that seemed to be aboil with living things.