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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SEE, noun.

1. The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop.

2. The seat of an archbishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as an archiepiscopal see.

3. The seat, place or office of the pope or Roman pontif; as the papal see.

4. The authority of the pope or court of Rome; as, to appeal to the see of Rome.

SEE, v. t. [Latin 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.]

1. To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and the apparent qualities of objects by the organs of sight; to behold.

I will now turn aside and see this great sight. Exodus 3:3.

We have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. Judges 18:1.

2. 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 the first one simple idea, and see that they fully comprehend before you go any farther. Locke.

See that ye fall not out by the way. Genesis 45:12.

3. To discover; to descry; to understand. Who so dull as not to see the device or strategem?

very notable actions often lose much of their excellence when the motives are seen.

4. To converse or have intercourse with. We improve by seeing men of different habits and tempers.

5. To visit; as, to call and see a friend. The physician sees his patient twice a day.

6. To attend; to remark or notice.

I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care to contradict him. Addison.

7. To behold with patience or sufferance; to endure.

It was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor. Ezra 4:14.

8. In Scripture, to hear or attend to.

I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Revelation 1:7.

9. 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. Psalms 90:1.

If a man shall keep my saying, he shall never see death. John 8:51. Luke 2:15.

10. To know; to learn.

Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. Genesis 37:14.

11. To perceive; to understand; to comprehend. I see the train of argument; I see his motives.

12. To perceive; to understand experimentally.

I see another law in my members. Romans 7:23.

13. To beware.

See thou do it not. Revelation 1:79.

14. To know by revelation.

The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:8.

15. To have faith in and reliance on.

Seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:5.

16. To enjoy; to have fruition of.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8.

SEE, verb intransitive

1. To have the power of perceiving by the proper organs, or the power of sight. Som animals, it is said, are able to see best in the night.

2. To discern; to have intellectual seght; 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.

3. To eximane or inquere. See wether the estimate is correct.

4. To be attentive.

5. To have full understanding.

But now ye say, we see, therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:41.

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 habe a poet in your house. Pope.