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seeing

[see-ing] /ˈsi ɪŋ/
conjunction
1.
in view of the fact that; considering; inasmuch as.
noun
2.
the act of a person who sees.
3.
the sense of sight.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; see1 + -ing2
Related forms
unseeing, adjective
unseeingly, adverb
unseeingness, noun

see1

[see] /si/
verb (used with object), saw, seen, seeing.
1.
to perceive with the eyes; look at.
2.
to view; visit or attend as a spectator:
to see a play.
3.
to perceive by means of computer vision.
4.
to scan or view, especially by electronic means:
The satellite can see the entire southern half of the country.
5.
to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand:
to see the point of an argument.
6.
to construct a mental image of; visualize:
He still saw his father as he was 25 years ago.
7.
to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable:
I can't see him as president.
8.
to be cognizant of; recognize:
to see the good in others; to see where the mistake is.
9.
to foresee:
He could see war ahead.
10.
to ascertain, learn, or find out:
See who is at the door.
11.
to have knowledge or experience of:
to see service in the foreign corps.
12.
to make sure:
See that the work is done.
13.
to meet and converse with:
Are you seeing her at lunch today?
14.
to receive as a visitor:
The ambassador finally saw him.
15.
to visit:
He's gone to see his aunt.
16.
to court, keep company with, or date frequently:
They've been seeing each other for a long time.
17.
to provide aid or assistance to; take care of:
He's seeing his brother through college.
18.
to attend or escort:
to see someone home.
19.
Cards. to match (a bet) or match the bet of (a bettor) by staking an equal sum; call:
I'll see your five and raise you five more.
20.
to prefer (someone or something) to be as indicated (usually used as a mild oath):
I'll see you in hell before I sell you this house. He'll see the business fail before he admits he's wrong.
21.
to read or read about:
I saw it in the newspaper.
verb (used without object), saw, seen, seeing.
22.
to have the power of sight.
23.
to be capable of perceiving by means of computer vision.
24.
to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight:
Philosophy teaches us to see.
25.
to give attention or care:
See, there it goes.
26.
to find out; make inquiry:
Go and see for yourself.
27.
to consider; think; deliberate:
Let me see, how does that song go?
28.
to look about; observe:
They heard the noise and came out to see.
Verb phrases
29.
see about,
  1. to investigate; inquire about.
  2. to turn one's attention to; take care of:
    He said he would see about getting the license plates.
30.
see after, to attend to; take care of:
Will you please see after my plants while I'm away?
31.
see off, to take leave of someone setting out on a journey; accompany to the place of departure:
I went to the airport to see them off.
32.
see out, to remain with (a task, project, etc.) until its completion:
We decided to see it out, even if it meant another year.
33.
see through,
  1. to penetrate to the true nature of; comprehend; detect:
    He quickly saw through my story.
  2. to stay with to the end or until completion; persevere:
    to see a difficult situation through.
34.
see to, to take care of; be responsible for:
I'll see to the theater tickets.
Origin
before 900; Middle English seen, Old English sēon; cognate with Dutch zien, German sehen, Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan
Related forms
seeable, adjective
seeableness, noun
unseeable, adjective
Synonyms
1. observe, notice, distinguish, discern, behold, regard. See watch. 5. comprehend, penetrate. 10. determine. 11. know, undergo. 18. accompany.
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Examples for seeing
  • seeing if he had them, he should not be the better wrapped or covered from cold, neither in his apparel any whit the comelier.
  • seeing that it was involuntary, he can hardly be blamed.
  • Frequent pardons mean that crime will soon need them no longer, and no-one can help seeing whither that leads.
  • For a while she looked down upon herself, seeing in the dark water her white body and her lovely hair.
  • Cutting off the wattles of roosters and seeing how the behavior of hens changed wasn't an option.
  • Tim said something about hominids seeing this moon rising over water here for millions of years.
  • seeing her standing there, he knew at once that was the pose he wanted.
  • We sometimes go months without seeing or talking to each other.
  • Now a study shows that seeing sick people can even prompt changes in the immune system.
  • Rethinking cancer by seeing tumors as a cellular pregnancy.
British Dictionary definitions for seeing

seeing

/ˈsiːɪŋ/
noun
1.
the sense or faculty of sight; vision
2.
(astronomy) the quality of the observing conditions (especially the turbulence of the atmosphere) during an astronomical observation
conjunction
3.
(subordinating) often foll by that. in light of the fact (that); inasmuch as; since
Usage note
The use of seeing as how as in seeing as (how) the bus is always late, I don't need to hurry is generally thought to be incorrect or non-standard

see1

/siː/
verb sees, seeing, saw, seen
1.
to perceive with the eyes
2.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand I explained the problem but he could not see it
3.
(transitive) to perceive with any or all of the senses I hate to see you so unhappy
4.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foresee I can see what will happen if you don't help
5.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn see who is at the door
6.
when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, foll by to. to make sure (of something) or take care (of something) see that he gets to bed early
7.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide see if you can come next week
8.
(transitive) to have experience of; undergo he had seen much unhappiness in his life
9.
(transitive) to allow to be in a specified condition I cannot stand by and see a child in pain
10.
(transitive) to be characterized by this period of history has seen much unrest
11.
(transitive) to meet or pay a visit to to see one's solicitor
12.
(transitive) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor the Prime Minister will see the deputation now
13.
(transitive) to frequent the company of she is seeing a married man
14.
(transitive) to accompany or escort I saw her to the door
15.
(transitive) to refer to or look up for further information see the appendix
16.
(in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
17.
as far as I can see, to the best of my judgment or understanding
18.
(takes an infinitive) see fit, to consider proper, desirable, etc I don't see fit to allow her to come here
19.
(informal) see someone hanged first, see someone damned first, to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
20.
(Brit, informal) see someone right, to ensure fair treatment of (someone) if he has cheated you, I'll see you right
21.
see the light, see the light of day, See light1 (sense 24)
22.
see you, see you later, be seeing you, an expression of farewell
23.
(informal) you see, a parenthetical filler phrase used to make a pause in speaking or add slight emphasis
Derived Forms
seeable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan

see2

/siː/
noun
1.
the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated See also Holy See
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for seeing
see
O.E. seon (contracted class V strong verb; past tense seah, pp. sewen), from P.Gmc. *sekhwanan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. sehan, M.H.G., Ger. sehen, O.Fris. sia, M.Du. sien, O.N. sja, Goth. saihwan), from PIE base *sekw- "to see," which is "probably" the same base that produced words for "say" in Greek and Latin, and also words for "follow" (cf. L. sequor), but "opinions differ in regard to the semantic starting-point and sequences" [Buck]. Thus see could originally mean "follow with the eyes." Used in M.E. to mean "behold in the imagination or in a dream" (c.1200), "to recognize the force of (a demonstration)," also c.1200, "often with ref. to metaphorical light or eyes" [OED], and "to learn by reading" (1426). Past tense saw developed from O.E. pl. sawon.
"When you have seen one of their Pictures, you have seen all." [Blake, c.1811]
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 1599. See you as a casual farewell first attested 1891. Seeing Eye dog first attested 1929, Amer.Eng., trademarked by Seeing Eye Inc. of New Jersey.
see
"position of a bishop," c.1300, from O.Fr. sied, sed, from L. sedem (nom. sedes) "seat, abode," related to sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).
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Slang definitions & phrases for seeing

see

noun
  1. Recognition; complimentary notice by a superior: He was a good cop ten years, but never got a see (1950s+ Police)
  2. A visit of inspection: numerous ''sees'' or visits from the sergeant (1930+ Police)
verb
  1. To pay protection money or graft: doing business without ''seeing the cops'' (1930+ Police)
  2. To equal a bet or a raise rather than dropping out of the game (1599+ Gambling)
Related Terms

long time no see, a look-see, look see

[first noun sense perhaps an abbreviation of commendation]


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Encyclopedia Article for seeing

in astronomy, sharpness of a telescopic image. Seeing is dependent upon the degree of turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere for a given telescope. Scintillation, the "twinkling" of stars to the unaided eye, is a commonly known result of turbulence in the higher reaches of the atmosphere. Poor seeing in telescopes is more a result of turbulence in the lower atmosphere. This turbulence sets a limit on the features that a telescope can resolve.

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