see

{{11}}see (n.) "position of a bishop," c.1300, from O.Fr. sied, sed, from L. sedem (nom. sedes) "seat, abode," related to sedere "to sit" (see SEDENTARY (Cf. sedentary)).
{{12}}see (v.) O.E. seon (contracted class V strong verb; past tense seah, pp. sewen), from P.Gmc. *sekhwanan (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. sehan, M.H.G., Ger. sehen, O.Fris. sia, M.Du. sien, O.N. sja, Goth. saihwan), from PIE root *sekw- "to see," which is "probably" the same base that produced words for "say" in Greek and Latin, and also words for "follow" (Cf. L. sequor), but "opinions differ in regard to the semantic starting-point and sequences" [Buck].
Thus see could originally mean "follow with the eyes." Used in Middle English to mean "behold in the imagination or in a dream" (c.1200), "to recognize the force of (a demonstration)," also c.1200, "often with ref. to metaphorical light or eyes" [OED], and "to learn by reading" (early 15c.). Past tense saw developed from Old English plural sawon.
When you have seen one of their Pictures, you have seen all. [Blake, c.1811]
Sense of "escort" (e.g. to see someone home) first recorded 1607 in Shakespeare. Meaning "to receive as a visitor" is attested from c.1500. Gambling sense of "equal a bet" is from 1590s. See you as a casual farewell first attested 1891. Seeing Eye dog first attested 1929, Amer.Eng., trademarked by Seeing Eye Inc. of New Jersey.

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  • see — see1 [sē] vt. saw, seen, seeing [ME seen < OE seon (< * sehwan), akin to Ger sehen, Goth saihwan < IE base * sekw , to observe, show, see, tell: see SAY] 1. a) to get knowledge or an awareness of through the eyes; perceive visually; look …   English World dictionary

  • See — (s[=e]), v. t. [imp. {Saw} (s[add]); p. p. {Seen} (s[=e]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Seeing}.] [OE. seen, sen, seon, AS. se[ o]n; akin to OFries. s[=i]a, D. zien, OS. & OHG. sehan, G. sehen, Icel. sj[=a], Sw. se, Dan. see, Goth. sa[ i]hwan, and probably… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • see — vb 1 See, behold, descry, espy, view, survey, contemplate, observe, notice, remark, note, perceive, discern can all mean to take cognizance of something by physical or sometimes mental vision. See, the most general of these terms, may be used to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • See — See, n. [OE. se, see, OF. se, sed, sied, fr. L. sedes a seat, or the kindred sedere to sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Siege}.] 1. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Jove laughed on Venus from his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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