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1. The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop.
SEE, n. [Fr. siége; Scot. sege; Arm. sich.]
- The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop. Swift.
- The seat of an archbishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as, an arch-episcopal see. – Shak.
- The seat, place, or office of the Pope or Roman pontif; as, the papal see.
- The authority of the Pope or court of Rome; as, to appeal to the see of Rome. – Addison.
- To have the power of perceiving by the proper, organs, or the power of sight. Some animals, it is said, are able to see best in the night.
- To discern; to have intellectual sight; to penetrate; to understand; with through or into; as, to see through the plans or policy of another; to see into artful schemes and pretensions. – Tillotson.
- To examine or inquire. See whether the estimate is correct.
- To be attentive. – Shak.
- To have full understanding.
But now ye say, we see, therefore your sin remaineth. – John xix.
See to it, look well to it; attend; consider; take care.
Let me see, let us see, are used to express consideration, or to introduce the particular consideration of a subject, or some scheme or calculation.
See is used imperatively, to call the attention of others to an object or a subject. See, see, how the balloon ascends.
See what it is to have a poet in your house. – Pope.
SEE, v.t. [pret. saw; pp. seen. Sax. seon, seogan, geseon; G. sehen; D. zien, pret. zag, saw; Dan. seer; Sw. se. This verb is contracted, as we know by the Eng. sight, Dan. sigt, G. gesicht, D. zigt, gezigt. Ch. סכא, סכה or סכי, to see. Class Sg, No. 34. In G. besuchen is to visit, to see, and this is from suchen, which is the Eng. to seek, and to seek is to look for. In G. gesuch is a suit, a seeking, demand, petition; and versuchen is to try, Eng. essay. We have then decisive evidence that see, seek, L. sequor, and Eng. essay, are all from the same radix. The primary
sense of the root is to strain, stretch, extend; and as applied to see, the sense is to extend to, to reach, to strike with the eye or sight.]
- To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of objects by the organs of sight; to behold.
I will now turn aside and see this great sight. – Exod. iii.
We have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. – Judges xviii.
- To observe; to note or notice; to know; to regard or look to; to take care; to attend, as to the execution of some order, or to the performance of something.
Give them one simple idea, and see that they fully comprehend it before you go any further. – Locke.
See that ye fall not out by the way. – Gen. xiv.
- To discover; to descry; to understand. Who so dull as to not to see the device or stratagem? Very noble actions often lose much of their excellence when the motives are seen.
- To converse or have intercourse with. We improve by seeing men of different habits and tempers.
- To visit; as, to call and see a friend. The physician sees his patient twice a day. – 1 Sam. xv. 1 Cor. xvi.
- To attend; to remark or notice.
I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care to contradict him. – Addison.
- To behold with patience or sufferance; to endure.
It was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor. – Ezra iv.
- In Scripture, to hear or attend to.
I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. – Rev. i.
- To feel; to suffer; to experience.
Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil. – Ps. xc.
If a man shall keep my saying, he shall never see death. – John viii. Luke ii.
- To know; to learn.
Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. – Gen. xxxvii.
- To perceive; to understand; to comprehend. I see the train of argument; I see his motives.
- To perceive; to understand experimentally.
I see another law in my members. – Rom. vii.
- To beware.
See thou do it not. – Rev. xix.
- To know by revelation.
The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah aud Jerusalem. Is. ii. xiii.
- To have faith in and reliance on.
Seeing him who is invisible. – Heb. xi.
- To enjoy; to have fruition of.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matth. v.
- A seat; a site; a place where
sovereign power is exercised.
perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent
qualities of by the organs of sight; to behold; to descry; to
have the power of sight, or of perceiving by the proper organs; to
possess or employ the sense of vision; as, he sees
- In poker and similar
games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by
staking the same sum.
- Specifically: (a) The seat
of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop; as, the
see of New York. (b) The seat of an archbishop;
a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as, an archiepiscopal
see. (c) The seat, place, or office of the
pope, or Roman pontiff; as, the papal see. (d)
The pope or his court at Rome; as, to appeal to the see of
- 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.
- Figuratively: To have intellectual
apprehension; to perceive; to know; to understand; to discern; --
often followed by a preposition, as through, or
- To follow with the eyes, or as with the
eyes; to watch; to regard attentively; to look after.
- To be attentive; to take care; to give
heed; -- generally with to; as, to see to the
- To have an interview with; especially, to
make a call upon; to visit; as, to go to see a
- 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.
- To accompany in person; to escort; to wait
upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the
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