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Definition of "seem" []

  • To give the impression of being; appear: The child seems healthy, but the doctor is concerned. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear to one's own opinion or mind: I can't seem to get the story straight. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems you object to the plan. It seems like rain. He seems to have worked in sales for several years. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear to exist: There seems no reason to postpone it. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear to the mind or eye; look (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give the impression of existing; appear to be (verb)
  • Used to diminish the force of a following infinitive to be polite, more noncommittal, etc (verb)

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Use "seem" in a sentence
  • "Also, I should have understood 'boots' where you wrote it, in the letter in question; if it had not been for _the relation of two things_ in it -- and now I perfectly seem to see _how_ I mistook that relation; ( '_seem to see_'; because I have not looked into the letter again since your last night's commentary, and will not --) inasmuch as"
  • "III. iii.127 (435,5) Or, those that be not, 'would they might seem none!] [W: seem knaves] I believe the meaning is, _would they might no longer seem_, or bear the shape of _men_."
  • "Questions about whether Palin knew what she was getting into by using the term seem to miss the mark when it comes to the approach that she has adopted in her public pronouncements since bursting on the national political scene as Republican Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate in 2008."