• "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
    "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v see perceive (an idea or situation) mentally "Now I see!","I just can't see your point","Does she realize how important this decision is?","I don't understand the idea"
    • v see get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally "I learned that she has two grown-up children","I see that you have been promoted"
    • v see make sense of; assign a meaning to "What message do you see in this letter?","How do you interpret his behavior?"
    • v see be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something "He verified that the valves were closed","See that the curtains are closed","control the quality of the product"
    • v see deem to be "She views this quite differently from me","I consider her to be shallow","I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
    • v see deliberate or decide "See whether you can come tomorrow","let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"
    • v see find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort "I want to see whether she speaks French","See whether it works","find out if he speaks Russian","Check whether the train leaves on time"
    • v see match or meet "I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"
    • v see receive as a specified guest "the doctor will see you now","The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
    • v see imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind "I can't see him on horseback!","I can see what will happen","I can see a risk in this strategy"
    • v see come together "I'll probably see you at the meeting","How nice to see you again!"
    • v see accompany or escort "I'll see you to the door"
    • v see go or live through "We had many trials to go through","he saw action in Viet Nam"
    • v see perceive or be contemporaneous with "We found Republicans winning the offices","You'll see a lot of cheating in this school","The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions","I want to see results"
    • v see perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight "You have to be a good observer to see all the details","Can you see the bird in that tree?","He is blind--he cannot see"
    • v see see and understand, have a good eye "The artist must first learn to see"
    • v see observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect "The customs agent examined the baggage","I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
    • v see see or watch "view a show on television","This program will be seen all over the world","view an exhibition","Catch a show on Broadway","see a movie"
    • v see observe as if with an eye "The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
    • v see date regularly; have a steady relationship with "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?","He is dating his former wife again!"
    • v see go to see for professional or business reasons "You should see a lawyer","We had to see a psychiatrist"
    • v see go to see for a social visit "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
    • v see go to see a place, as for entertainment "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"
    • v see take charge of or deal with "Could you see about lunch?","I must attend to this matter","She took care of this business"
    • n see the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I don't remember seeing a boy.'" "'I don't remember seeing a boy.'"
"'See what my speckled hen has hatched.'" "'See what my speckled hen has hatched.'"
Annie stands on tiptoe to see the food on the table Annie stands on tiptoe to see the food on the table
See each other. Shoshoni See each other. Shoshoni
Snarl at Everybody They See 101 Snarl at Everybody They See 101
As Others See Us As Others See Us
He Went to See the City--1-16-036 He Went to See the City--1-16-036
to see such fun to see such fun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spiders usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well
    • See A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised. "Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see ."
    • See Figuratively: To have intellectual apprehension; to perceive; to know; to understand; to discern; -- often followed by a preposition, as through, or into. "For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see ; and that they which see might be made blind.""Many sagacious persons will find us out, . . . and see through all our fine pretensions."
    • See In poker and similar games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by staking the same sum. "I'll see you and raise you ten."
    • See The pope or his court at Rome; as, to appeal to the see of Rome.
    • See The seat of an archbishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as, an archiepiscopal see .
    • See The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop; as, the see of New York.
    • See The seat, place, or office of the pope, or Roman pontiff; as, the papal see .
    • See To accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the cars.
    • See To be attentive; to take care; to give heed; -- generally with to; as, to see to the house. "See that ye fall not out by the way.""Cassio's a proper man, let me see now, -
      To get his place."
    • See To fall in with; to meet or associate with; to have intercourse or communication with; hence, to have knowledge or experience of; as, to see military service. "Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.""Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.""Improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men."
    • See To follow with the eyes, or as with the eyes; to watch; to regard attentively; to look after. "I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care for contradicting him."
    • See To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit; as, to go to see a friend. "And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death."
    • See To have the power of sight, or of perceiving by the proper organs; to possess or employ the sense of vision; as, he sees distinctly. "Whereas I was blind, now I see ."
    • See To perceive by mental vision; to form an idea or conception of; to note with the mind; to observe; to discern; to distinguish; to understand; to comprehend; to ascertain. "Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren.""Jesus saw that he answered discreetly.""Who's so gross
      That seeth not this palpable device?"
    • See To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of by the organs of sight; to behold; to descry; to view. "I will now turn aside, and see this great sight."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In America you will see an average of 500 advertisements a day.
    • see To perceive by the eye; become aware of (an object) by means of light-waves emitted by it or reflected from it to the organs of sight; behold: as, to see a man coming; no man can see God.
    • see To examine with the eyes; view; behold; observe; inspect: as, to see the games; to see the sights of a town.
    • see To perceive mentally; discern; form a conception or idea of; distinguish; understand;comprehend: as, to see the point of an argument; to see a joke.
    • see To keep in sight; take care of; watch over; protect.
    • see To bring about as a result; superintend the execution or the performance of a thing so as to effect (a specified result); make sure: with an object-clause with that specifying the result. The that is often omitted, and the clause may suffer further ellipsis: as, see that it is done; or, see it is done; or, see it done.
    • see To wait upon; attend; escort: with an objective predicate: as, to see a friend off to Europe; to see a lady home.
    • see To call on; visit; have an interview with.
    • see To meet and speak with; receive: as, I cannot see any one to-day.
    • see To consult for a particular purpose; sometimes, euphemistically, to consult as a lobbyist for the purpose of influencing by a bribe or the like. See the quotation under lobbyist.
    • see To find out; learn by observation or experience.
    • see To feel; suffer; experience; know by personal experience. See seen, p. a.
    • see In poker and other gambling games, to meet and accept by staking a similar sum: as, to see a bet.
    • see To outdo, as in drinking; beat.
    • see = Syn. 1-3. See, Perceive, Observe, Notice, Behold, Witness. The first five express either the physical sight or the result of reflection; witness expresses sight only. See is the general word; it represents often an involuntary act; to perceive implies generally or always the intelligence of a prepared mind; to observe implies the purpose of inspecting minutely and taking note of facts connected with the object. Notice applies to the involuntary discovery of some object by the sight, or of some fact by the mind; it has also the meaning of observe: as, to notice the operation of a steamengine. To behold is to look at a thing for some time, to see plainly, or to see that which is interesting, remarkable, or otherwise worth seeing. To witness is to see a thing done or happening: as, to witness a surgical operation; hence, legally, to witness a signature is to certify that one saw it made.
    • see To have the power of perceiving by the eye; have the power of sight; perceive or discern objects or their apparent qualities by the organs of sight.
    • see To perceive mentally; apprehend; discern; understand: often with into or through.
    • see To look: with after, for, on, up, or upon.
    • see To examine or inquire; consider.
    • see To meet; see one another.
    • see To attend to or care or arrange for; look after; take care of.
    • see See is used imperatively, or as an interjection, to call the attention of others to an object or a subject, signifying ‘lo!’ ‘look!’ ‘behold!’
    • n see What one has to see.
    • n see An obsolete spelling of sea.
    • n see l. A seat of power or dignity; a throne.
    • n see The seat of a bishop, whether an ordinary bishop, or a bishop of higher rank (metropolitan, etc., patriarch, pope); the local center of a diocese and of diocesan authority, or of a diocese and other subordinate dioceses; the city or locality from which ecclesiastical jurisdiction is exercised; hence, episcopal rank, authority, and jurisdiction as exercised from a permanent local center. The word see, from meaning any seat of dignity, came to apply specifically to the cathedra, or episcopal throne, situated in a cathedral, thence to the city which contained the cathedral and was the chief city of a bishop's diocese, and so in modern usage to the diocese itself. It differs from diocese, however, in that diocese represents the territorial province for the care of which the bishop is responsible (that is, where his duties lie), whereas see is the local seat of his authority, dignity, and episcopal privileges. Both words differ from bishopric, in that bishopric represents the bishop's office, whether actual or nominal. See throne.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you see a sign "City of Timbukto 40 miles" it means actually it is 40 miles to the city hall of that city sign.
    • n See the seat or jurisdiction of a bishop or archbishop: a throne
    • v.t See to perceive by the eye: to observe: to discover: to remark: to bring about as a result: to wait upon, escort: to receive: to consult for any particular purpose: to suffer, experience: to meet and accept by staking a similar sum: to visit: to discern: to understand
    • v.i See to look or inquire: to be attentive: to apprehend: to consider:—pa.t. saw; pa.p. seen
    • interj See look! behold!—adj. See′able, capable of being seen
    • ***


  • Lao-Tzu
    “To see things in the seed is genius.”
  • Martha Grimes
    Martha Grimes
    “We don't know who we are until we see what we can do”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “I want to see you shoot the way you shout.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Tact is ability to see others as they wish to be seen.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.”


Can't see the forest for its trees - If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
Laugh to see a pudding crawl - (UK) Someone who would laugh to see a pudding crawl is easily amused and will laugh at anything.
Long time no see - 'Long time no see' means that the speaker has not seen that person for a long time.
Monkey see, monkey do - This idiom means that children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them.
None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes - This idiom is used to suggest trying out an idea to see if people accept it.
See eye to eye - If people see eye to eye, they agree about everything.
See red - If someone sees red, they become very angry about something.
See the elephant - If you see the elephant, you experience much more than you wish to; it is often used when a soldier goes into a warzone for the first time.
See the light - When someone sees the light, they realise the truth.
See which way the cat jumps - (AU) If you see which way the cat jumps, you postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing.
See you anon - (UK) If somebody says this when leaving, they expect to see you again soon.
See you later - A casual way of saying to friends I'll see you again, sometime, (without a definite date or time having been set) - this is often abbreviated to 'Later' or 'Laters' as an alternative way of saying goodbye.
See you on the big drum - A good night phrase to children.
Seeing is believing - This idiom means that people can only really believe what they experience personally.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seen, sen, seon, AS. seón,; akin to OFries. sīa, D. zien, OS. & OHG. sehan, G. sehen, Icel. sjā, Sw. se, Dan. see, Goth. saíhwan, and probably to L. sequi, to follow (and so originally meaning, to follow with the eyes). Gr. "e`pesqai, Skr. sac,. Cf. Sight Sue to follow


In literature:

I was anxious to see Rectus, for it had been nearly a year since we had met.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
All the time I was at the fort I hear the bugles and see the soldiers marching around, but never did I see any battles.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I am sorry, and selfishly, too, for, as you see, I am somewhat lonely here.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
See three war en every one I see makes time worse.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Thunder Run ain't a-keerin' if he sees it or if he don't see it!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I've heard you say scores of times that you never would see people themselves, and yet you see her.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Surely you would not wish to see me the wife of Richard Darke?
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
They see no farther; they see not at all.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
But should you see the Speaking Bird, there would be nothing left for you to see.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
God can see it; and you can see some of it.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

I can see thee thro' my tears,
As thro' rain we see the sun.
What tho' cold and cooling years
Shall their bitter courses run,--
"Communion" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
What! Don’t believe in fairies!
When they’re round you everywhere!
See them- who needs to see them?
You simply know they’re there.
"Fairies" by Alice Guerin Crist
"See, I have something here for you
For you and It, if It there be."
Soft in the gloom her glances grew,
With gentle tears he could not see.
"His Rubies: Told" by Laurence Hope
And can I see this light? It may be so;
"But see it thus and thus," my fathers said.
The living do not rule this world; ah no!
It is the dead, the dead.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
And the Poet, faithful and far-seeing,
Sees, alike in stars and flowers, a part
Of the self-same, universal being,
Which is throbbing in his brain and heart.
"Voices Of The Night : Flowers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Oh, let me look once again and see
Starlight the heavens o'ersweeping!"
Begged young Magnus on bended knee,
It was sore to see.
All the women afar were weeping.
"Magnus The Blind" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

In "Death of a Superhero," we get to see Andy Serkis in a way not many of us are used to seeing him.
See how many songs you recognize and see if you can whistle along.
Meet Walter Wick , the man behind the photo-puzzle books I Spy and Can You See What I See.
I see no reason why Terri Winder should apologize (see March 5 San Juan Record).
2nd St See Map Subway Directions 212-529-2919 Send to Phone See other locations.
CBSWhile viewers have yet to see even see the first episode of the new season of 'The Amazing Race,' rockers James LoMenzo and Mark ' Abba ' Abbattista have completed their journey and now get to reflect on it with the rest of America.
See what John Goodman jurors weren't allowed to see.
I see London, I see France, but unfortunately, I don't see Anne Hathaway's underpants.
I have, however, been given the opportunity to see marine life that you wouldn't expect to see in Kentucky.
While some analysts see a lack of coordination behind China's new assertiveness offshore, others see a broader strategy and inevitability.
If you've ever wanted to see two very well-oiled marketing machines that double as humans enjoying each other's company, see here the photo that Maria Sharapova joined Roger Federer for today in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Remember when you were little and you would see one of your teachers at the grocery store and it seemed so weird to see them out of "their setting".
As we mentioned before, if they keep this up, we won't have to see the movie OK, we'll see it anyway, you got us.
The Brazos County Health Department says its seeing an increase in confirmed cases of Salmonella, and that several are pending at the state lab to see if they are Saintpaul.
"Where you see deer is where you have a high chance of seeing what eats them," he said.

In science:

We see that it is strongly localized at the position x0 of the soliton (see, Fig.3).
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
But it is easy to see that the above criticism also applies to other models (for more examples see).
Fine-Tuning of the Cosmological Constant in Brane Worlds
Computing the average of a scattering image is simple and seeing whether it converges or not reduces to the knowledge of the autocorrelation structure already needed to understand the deterministic image of the point-set (see Appendix A).
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Since the distance between two tilings must be a multiple of 3 (see Proposition 3.2), there comes a tiling Tn such that ∆(Tn , T ′) = 0 and Tn 4 T ′ , and since height functions encode tilings (see Lemma 3.1), Tn = T ′ .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Applying (6.1) (see Appendix), one sees that χ behaves like β 0(X ) times a term of the order of the volume of the system.
Euler-Poincare' Characteristic and Phase Transition in the Potts Model