from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To give the impression of being; appear: The child seems healthy, but the doctor is concerned.
- intransitive v. To appear to one's own opinion or mind: I can't seem to get the story straight.
- intransitive v. To appear to be true, probable, or evident: It seems you object to the plan. It seems like rain. He seems to have worked in sales for several years.
- intransitive v. To appear to exist: There seems no reason to postpone it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To appear; to look outwardly; to be perceived as.
- v. To befit; to beseem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To appear, or to appear to be; to have a show or semblance; to present an appearance; to look; to strike one's apprehension or fancy as being; to be taken as.
- transitive v. To befit; to beseem.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be fit or suitable.
- To appear; have or present an appearance of being; appear to be; look or look like; in a restricted sense, be in appearance or as regards appearance only.
- To appear; be seen; show one's self or itself; hence, to assume an air; pretend.
- In an impersonal reflexive use, to appear: with the person in the dative, later apparently in the nominative as the quasi-subject of seem in the sense of ‘think, consider’: as, me seem, him seemed, they seemed, the people seemed, it seems to me, it seemed to him, them, or the people (meseems being often written as a single word).
- To appear to one's self; imagine; feel as if: as, I still seem to hear his voice; he still seemed to feel the motion of the vessel.
- Synonyms Seem, Look, Appear. Look differs from seem only in more vividly suggesting the use of the eye, literally or figuratively: as, it looks (or seems) right. Appear is somewhat stronger, having sometimes the sense of coming into view or coming to seem. Each may stand for that which is probably true, or in opposition to that which is true: not to seem, but to be; the seeming and the real. Should seem and would seem are equally correct, but differ in strength. To say that a thing should seem to be true is to say that it ought to seem so or almost necessarily seems so; to say that it would seem true is to say that, while there are reasons for holding an opposite view, the preponderance of evidence is on the side of its being true.
- To become; beseem; befit; be fit, suitable, or proper for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
- v. appear to one's own mind or opinion
- v. appear to exist
- v. seem to be true, probable, or apparent
Middle English semen, from Old Norse sœma, to conform to, from sœmr, fitting; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English semen "to seem, befit, be becoming" from Old Norse sœma ("to conform to, beseem, befit") (> Danish sømme ("beseem")) from sœmr ("fitting, seemly"), from Proto-Germanic *sōmijanan (“to unite, fit”), akin to Old Norse sōmi ("honour") ( > archaic Danish somme ("decent comportment")), Old English sēman ("to reconcile, bring an agreement"), Old English sōm ("agreement"). (Wiktionary)