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Seem appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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Seem is sometimes a misspelling of seemed or seems.

The word seem is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb seem

What does seem mean as a doing word?

Seem is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: seemed | seeming | seems

  1. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    • examples: She seems to be sleeping | They seem to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adjective]He appeared crazy
      [Theme] [Verb] [Adverb]He seemed well
      [Theme] [Verb] [Predicate, raising to subject with infinitive]He seemed to come
      [Theme] [Verb] [Predicate, not sentential clause]He seemed a fool
      [Theme] [Verb] in [Predicate, not sentential clause]The matter seems in dispute

      Seem Verbs (with the same syntax): appear.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of seem: appear / look
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  2. seem to be true, probable, or apparent and suggest that a certain state of affair holds
    • example: It seems that he is very gifted
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of seem: appear
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  3. appear to exist
    • example: There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  4. appear to one's own mind or opinion
    • examples: I seem to be misunderstood by everyone | I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: appear = seem to be true, probable, or apparent and suggest that a certain state of affair holds


Seem is a canonical version, musical recording.

Phrases with Seem

Phrases starting with the word Seem:

  1. Seem'd
  2. Seem Like a Good Idea at the Time

Phrases ending with the word Seem:

  1. Can't Seem
  2. Couldn't Seem

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Seem

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Google previewA Dictionary, English-Armenian (1907)

by V. H. Hagopian

SYN,-To appear; look:-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 ...

Google previewLogic and Lexicon (2013)

The Semantics of the Indefinite by Manfred Pinkal

Finally, indefiniteness is not a borderline phenomenon but rather the typical case for many sentences; certain sentences seem to have the very purpose of making statements about which people can disagree (although the relevant data are ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Odonata - Zygoptera (2008)

Illustrated Keys to Known Families, Genera, and Species in South America by Charles W. Heckman

Zoogeographical barriers on the South American continent therefore seem to be less of a factor in the distribution of the dragonflies than are the ecological tolerances of the individual species. This applies in almost ...

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Usage statistics about seem

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb seem:

spoken English37.58%written English62.42% conversational speech37.73%task-oriented speech62.27% imaginative writing66.32%informational writing33.68%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb seem:


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Sign language

When Things Seem to be going all wrong / American Sign Language

Devotion for the Deaf - August 6.

Quotes about Seem

Some people seem as if they can never have been children, and others seem as if they could never be anything else. (George D. Prentice)
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Scrabble value of S1E1E1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SEEM

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