seem

Definitions

  • "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
    "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seem 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"
    • v seem seem to be true, probable, or apparent "It seems that he is very gifted","It appears that the weather in California is very bad"
    • v seem appear to one's own mind or opinion "I seem to be misunderstood by everyone","I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters"
    • v seem appear to exist "There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

So it seems So it seems
She didn't seem to be a mite afraid She didn't seem to be a mite afraid
The giant bird did not seem to notice its burden at all The giant bird did not seem to notice its burden at all
It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening
"LED ME SEE—I SEEM TO REMEMBER YOUR FACE SOME'OW." "LED ME SEE—I SEEM TO REMEMBER YOUR FACE SOME'OW."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many years ago, a fish was caught that was 33 inches long and seemed to be heavier than it should. When they cut the fish, fishermen found a full of bottle of ale inside it
    • v. i Seem sēm 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 seemed probable.""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.""A prince of Italy, it seems , entertained his mistress on a great lake.""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 “ seems .”"
    • v. t Seem To befit; to beseem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Everyone knows that the U.S. gold depository is in Fort Knox, Kentucky. But nobody seems to know that the U.S. silver depository is at West Point, New York.
    • seem To be fit or suitable.
    • seem To appear; have or present an appearance of being; appear to be; look or look like; in a restricted sense, be in appearance or as regards appearance only.
    • seem To appear; be seen; show one's self or itself; hence, to assume an air; pretend.
    • seem In an impersonal reflexive use, to appear: with the person in the dative, later apparently in the nominative as the quasi-subject of seem in the sense of ‘think, consider’: as, me seem, him seemed, they seemed, the people seemed, it seems to me, it seemed to him, them, or the people (meseems being often written as a single word).
    • seem To appear to one's self; imagine; feel as if: as, I still seem to hear his voice; he still seemed to feel the motion of the vessel.
    • seem Synonyms Seem, Look, Appear. Look differs from seem only in more vividly suggesting the use of the eye, literally or figuratively: as, it looks (or seems) right. Appear is somewhat stronger, having sometimes the sense of coming into view or coming to seem. Each may stand for that which is probably true, or in opposition to that which is true: not to seem, but to be; the seeming and the real. Should seem and would seem are equally correct, but differ in strength. To say that a thing should seem to be true is to say that it ought to seem so or almost necessarily seems so; to say that it would seem true is to say that, while there are reasons for holding an opposite view, the preponderance of evidence is on the side of its being true.
    • seem To become; beseem; befit; be fit, suitable, or proper for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: male lions somtimes kill their own kids if they seem a threat or take the attention of their mate.
    • v.i Seem sēm to appear: to have a show: to look: to pretend, to assume an air: to appear to one's self
    • v.t Seem (B.) to befit: to become
    • n Seem appearance: semblance: a false appearance: way of thinking
    • adv Seem in a decent or suitable manner
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Quotations

  • W. S. Gilbert
    W.%20S.%20Gilbert
    “Things are seldom what they seem.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Change yourself and your work will seem different.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.”
  • Robert Collier
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    “It sometimes seems that we have only to love a thing greatly to get it.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “If you desire many things, many things will seem few.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. semen, to seem, to become, befit, AS. sēman, to satisfy, pacify; akin to Icel. sæma, to honor, to bear with, conform to, sæmr, becoming, fit, sōma, 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,. √191. See Same (a.), and cf. Seemly

Usage

In literature:

I wondered if they had quarrelled or something, but they seemed so loving that that seemed impossible.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The town seemed to shout; the old island rock itself seemed to laugh.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She seemed one of the most worth-while girls I had ever met.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
It seemed to be a mourner looking at the graves.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
We seem to want freedom, and they seem to prefer order.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
The fringe of her eyelashes seemed to be an inch long.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He seems to work things out for himself.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The air of the place seemed to intoxicate me; I seemed to be dragged into the ceremony, Mr. Grey and I together.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
When the servant came to the door he did not seem to regard us with surprise; nay, rather, he seemed to expect us.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
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In poetry:

Star! Star, and still I dream,
Along thy light afar
I seem to soar until I seem
To be, like you, a star.
"A Flower's Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Tay,
With my Mary ye seemed ever gay;
But noo ye seem baith dark and drear,
For my puir heart ye canna cheer.
"Mary, the Maid o' the Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall
Seems lak to me de sky ain't half so blue,
Seems lak to me dat ev'ything wants you,
Seems lak to me I don't know what to do,
Sence you went away.
"Sence You Went Away" by James Weldon Johnson
Seems lak to me dat ev'ything is wrong,
Seems lak to me de day's jes twice es long,
Seems lak to me de bird's forgot his song,
Sence you went away.
"Sence You Went Away" by James Weldon Johnson
And I,—-what I seem to my friend, you see:
What I soon shall seem to his love, you guess:
What I seem to myself, do you ask of me?
No hero, I confess.
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning
O sunset sunken ! with thee life seems gone,
And Beauty seems to hallow earth no more;
I seem within the twilight all alone-
A lover left thy beauty to adore.
"Sunset : Hurdcott Camp" by John William Streets

In news:

It seems as though we are always reading stories about social media sites are making us all dumb and anti-social.
But in the article, he didn't seem to think the idea was so crazy.
It seems to be stronger when the heat is on.
Sir—John Heritage and colleagues, and Richard Wise seem to have missed my message.
They always seem to have these freak racks.
Sigmaniacs and assorted bloggers have, over the years, dubbed Sigma's longer tele zooms with nicknames that seem to have stuck.
In a game that seemingly featured big play after big play, Liberty Christian came up with the biggest plays of all — on defense.
Seems like someone forgot to tell the folks in attendance.
Seemingly useless organ may produce, protect good germs for your gut.
It seems like the Christmas holidays went so very fast.
The 54-year-old Roy resident went hiking and couldn't seem to get enough air.
Every explosion in Gaza seems personal to Said Durrah.
Outside the world of prosecutors, the tiff over cases going to trial may not seem that meaningful.
For the first time in this race, there seems to be an overwhelming consensus, or in some eyes resignation, that their nominee is now standing before them.
So often it seems that planning goes on forever.
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In science:

In Fig.3, the ratio seems constant over the whole range of E .
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
It seems that there is no ˜λ-dependence in the typical localization length.
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
However, the results from instanton liquid simulations seem to deviate from the prediction (1) with a scale independent constant K ; in that case the Thouless energy only shows a weak volume dependence.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
But it seems that these functions have a different period that what he claimed.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
For example, it may seem reasonable to require that if V and V are disjoint, then it is not the case that both Pl(U jV [ V ) > Pl(U jV ) and Pl(U jV [ V ) > Pl(U jV ).
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
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