seem

Seem means "to give a certain impression," usually by physical appearance like your messy hair and wrinkled clothing that made it seem like you just rolled out of bed.

The verb seem has several definitions. It can mean "to be apparent, or probable," like the nice person you just met who seems like he'll make a good friend. Seem can also mean "to appear to exist," like when heat shimmering on pavement makes it seem like there is a puddle on the road. The word comes from the Old Norse word soema meaning "to befit, conform to."

Definitions of seem
  1. verb
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
    “She seems to be sleeping”
    synonyms: appear, look
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    make
    appear to begin an activity
    cut
    give the appearance or impression of
    feel
    produce a certain impression
    pass off
    be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
    sound
    appear in a certain way
    come across
    be perceived in a certain way; make a certain impression
    beam, glow, radiate, shine
    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
    gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, shine
    be shiny, as if wet
    jump, jump out, leap out, stand out, stick out
    be highly noticeable
    lift, rear, rise
    rise up
    loom
    come into view indistinctly, often threateningly
    feel
    be felt or perceived in a certain way
    spangle
    glitter as if covered with spangles
    hulk, loom, predominate, tower
    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
    shimmer
    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
    crawl
    feel as if crawling with insects
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    appear to one's own mind or opinion
    “I seem to be misunderstood by everyone”
    “I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters”
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    appear
    seem to be true, probable, or apparent
  3. verb
    seem to be true, probable, or apparent
    “It seems that he is very gifted”
    synonyms: appear
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. verb
    appear to exist
    “There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now”
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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