Definition of See

n.1.A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised.
Jove laughed on Venus from his sovereign see.
- Spenser.
2.The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop; as, the see of New York.
Apostolic see
See under Apostolic.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. Saw (sạ); p. p. Seen (sēn); p. pr. & vb. n. Seeing.]
I will now turn aside, and see this great sight.
- Ex. iii. 3.
2.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.
- Gen. xxxvii. 14.
Jesus saw that he answered discreetly.
- Mark xii. 34.
Who's so gross
That seeth not this palpable device?
- Shak.
3.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.
- Addison.
4.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.
- 1 Sam. xv. 35.
5.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.
- Ps. xc. 15.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
- John viii. 51.
Improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men.
- Locke.
6.To accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the cars.
7.In poker and similar games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by staking the same sum.
God you see
God keep you (him, me, etc.) in his sight; God protect you.
To see (anything) out
to see (it) to the end; to be present at, work at, or attend, to the end.
- Chaucer.
To see stars
to see flashes of light, like stars; - sometimes the result of concussion of the head.
To see (one) through
to help, watch, or guard (one) to the end of a course or an undertaking.
v. i.1.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.
- John ix. 25.
2.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.
- John ix. 39.
Many sagacious persons will find us out, . . . and see through all our fine pretensions.
- Tillotson.
3.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.
- Gen. xlv. 24.
Cassio's a proper man, let me see now, -
To get his place.
- Shak.
To see about a thing
to pay attention to it; to consider it.
To see on
to look at.
To see to
a - To look at; to behold; to view
- Chaucer.
b - To take care about; to look after; as, to see to a fire.
- Josh. xxii. 10.

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