The 2008 inquests, of course, saw through Mansfield and returned a verdict of “unlawful killing.”
Every time we went out we saw through the open windows their pitiful forms, emaciated and wrapped in rags.
As he raised it, Cassy saw through her tears that his hand was shaking.
But he had no use for that sort of politeness, and he saw through me, as always.
In the first place, you misinterpreted what you saw through the door in the wall.
She saw through him, but like a sick child she took the entertainment languidly.
She saw through the matter, and lost not a moment in entering upon it.
Tom saw through the punctilious feints and solemn stratagems clearly; Dora did the same as plainly.
"What was it, Zara, that you saw through the window when——" I did not complete the sentence.
The joke of it is that I saw through the mill-stone, where that conceited fellow failed.
Old English seon "to see, look, behold; observe, perceive, understand; experience, visit, inspect" (contracted class V strong verb; past tense seah, past participle sewen), from Proto-Germanic *sekhwanan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sehan, Middle High German, German sehen, Old Frisian sia, Middle Dutch sien, Old Norse sja, Gothic saihwan), from PIE root *sekw- (2) "to see," which is probably identical with *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel), a root which produced words for "say" in Greek and Latin, and also words for "follow" (cf. Latin sequor), but "opinions differ in regard to the semantic starting-point and sequences" [Buck]. Thus see might originally mean "follow with the eyes."
Used in Middle English to mean "behold in the imagination or in a dream" (c.1200), "to recognize the force of (a demonstration)," also c.1200. Sense of "escort" (e.g. to see someone home) first recorded 1607 in Shakespeare. Meaning "to receive as a visitor" is attested from c.1500. Gambling sense of "equal a bet" is from 1590s. See you as a casual farewell first attested 1891. Let me see as a pausing statement is recorded from 1510s. To have seen everything as a hyperbolic expression of astonishment is from 1957.
When you have seen one of their Pictures, you have seen all. [Blake, c.1811]
c.1300, "throne of a bishop, archbishop, or pope," also "throne of a monarch, a goddess, Antichrist, etc.," from Old French sie "seat, throne; town, capital; episcopal see," from Latin sedem (nominative sedes) "seat, throne, abode, temple," related to sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Early 14c. as "administrative center of a bishopric;" c.1400 as "province under the jurisdiction of a bishop."
[first noun sense perhaps an abbreviation of commendation]