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seem


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Seem  \Seem\,  v.  t. 
  To  befit;  to  beseem.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Seem  \Seem\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Seemed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Seeming}.]  [OE.  semen  to  seem,  to  become  befit,  AS  s?man 
  to  satisfy,  pacify;  akin  to  Icel.  s?ma  to  honor,  to  bear 
  with  conform  to  s?mr  becoming,  fit  s?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.  [root]191.  See  {Same},  a.,  and  cf 
  {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 
  seemed  probable.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  Thou  picture  of  what  thou  seem'st.  --Shak. 
 
  All  seemed  well  pleased;  all  seemed,  but  were  not  all 
  --Milton. 
 
  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 
  misstress  on  a  great  lake.  --Addison. 
 
  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  ``seems.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  seem 
  v  1:  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}] 
  2:  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}] 
  3:  appear  to  exist;  "There  seems  no  reason  to  go  ahead  with  the 
  project  now" 
  4:  appear  to  one's  own  mind  or  opinion;  "I  seem  to  be 
  misunderstood  by  everyone";  "I  can't  seem  to  learn  these 
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