transitive verb past tense saw past participle seen
- 1 1.1 I can't see a thing!¡no veo nada!you can see the whole city from heredesde aquí se ve or se puede ver toda la ciudadwe haven't seen her for a whilehace un tiempo que no la vemosthere wasn't a policeman to be seenno había ningún policíato see somebody/something +
infinitiveI didn't see her arriveno la vi llegarwe'll be sorry to see her gonos va a dar pena que se vayato see somebody/something -ingI can see somebody coming this wayveo venir a alguienI saw them walking hand in handlos vi pasear or paseando tomados de la manonow see what you've done!¡mira lo que has hecho!I thought I was seeing thingspensé que estaba viendo visioneswhen you've seen one Greek temple, you've seen them all! [humorous]con ver un templo griego ya es suficienteI'll believe it when I see ithasta que no lo vea no lo creoto be glad to see the back of somebodyalegrarse de que alguien se vaya1.2 (witness) I saw the accidentvi or [formal] presencié el accidentefui testigo del accidentejustice must be seen to be donees necesario que la gente vea que se ha hecho justiciathey're going to close it down — I'd like to see them try!lo van a cerrar — ¡que lo intenten si se atreven!I won't stand by and see you insultedno pienso permitir que te insultenI'll see you damned o dead o hanged o in hell first!¡ni muerto!Example sentences1.3
(film/play)do you want to come and see the game?
- The event may have seen changes in its history, but the prestigious trophy is still as sought after as ever.
- As an Irishman living abroad I've seen the changes in Ireland happening stage by stage.
- We support change and want to see a situation that is fast, efficient and safe.
ver¿quieres venir a ver el partido?Example sentences1.4 (look at, inspect) I want to see what you've written
quiero ver qué has escritosee over/page 20ver al dorso/ver página 20may I see your ticket?¿me permite su entrada ( or boleto etc)?Example sentences
- However, if you want a real game of the people, go and see some Rugby League.
- Doors will open an hour before race time so spectators can see some live entertainment.
- Sure, I jumped a little watching Scream, but I've never seen a film that has cost me a night's sleep.
- She saw that he had written the word Love before his name, but cancelled it out messily.
- He sees that some were written in a different style so he has this whole list of names of people who are writing in his box and he's trying to collate them.
- His sleeves are turned under to fit - and he sees that I've noticed.
- 2 2.1 (perceive, notice) I can see you want to get rid of meya veo que quieres librarte de míshe's so in love, she can't see his faultsestá tan enamorada que no le ve los defectosI don't know what she sees in himno sé qué es lo que le ve or qué es lo que ve en élyou can hardly see the joinapenas se nota la uniónanyone can see she's upsetcualquiera se da cuenta de que está disgustadaExample sentences2.2 (learn from reading, hearing) I see Mrs Baker's retiring
así que se jubila la señora BakerI see from your application form that …he leído en su solicitud que …
- I laughed and pushed him away as I saw the familiar blue pick up truck coming down the road.
- He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, white T-shirt, black tracksuit trousers and trainers.
- Its windows were shuttered, so that no one could see into the court from outside.
- 3 3.1 (meet) I'm seeing him on Tuesdaylo voy a ver el marteswhen can I see you again?¿cuándo nos podemos volver a ver?do you see a lot of them?¿los ves a menudo?Example sentences3.2 (go out with) [colloquial] they've been seeing each other for two months
hace dos meses que salen juntosExample sentences3.3 (saying goodbye) [colloquial]see you!
- It may be their last chance to see each other, as Mr Spence feels he will be unable to undertake such a long journey again.
- Never mind playing together, they've hardly had the chance to see each other.
- Working together is a happy experience, she says, and is often the only chance they get to see each other.
¡hasta luego!see you around!
- They had a summer of champagne, discreet suppers and walks by the Seine, but after that they saw each other less regularly.
- She accepts, and before long they are seeing each other regularly and falling in love.
- While we saw each other regularly, our lives changed and we grew apart.
¡hasta la vista!¡nos vemos!see you later/tonight/soon/on Saturday!¡hasta luego/esta noche/pronto/el sábado!(I'll) be seeing you!¡hasta pronto!
- 4 (visit) 4.1 (socially) 4.2 (for consultation) you should see a specialistdeberías ver a or ir a un especialistaI want to see the managerquisiera ver al gerente or hablar con el gerenteto see somebody
aboutsomethingyou should see a doctor about that naildeberías hacerte ver esa uña por un médicocan I see you about something privately?¿podría hablar con usted de un asunto privado?I went to see her about the loanfui a hablar con ella por lo del préstamosee your travel agentconsulte a su agente de viajesExample sentences
- He only realised that he had dyscalculia when he went to see Professor Butterworth.
- He sees a specialist this week but it is thought the crack is already healing and it is hoped he will be fit for the start of the season next month.
- Another injury victim, Andy Heald, sees a specialist this week over his sciatica, but former skipper Davey Luker is unlikely to feature again this season due to work commitments.
- 5 (receive) the doctor will see you nowel doctor lo verá or lo atenderá ahoraExample sentences
- The average waiting time to be seen for a consultation is three years and that time is also getting longer.
- But the GTC report says that not all teachers with voice problems will be seen by a specialist.
- It is understood the child will be undergoing surgery later today after being seen by a specialist.
- 6 (understand) I don't see any point in goingno veo qué sentido tiene irhe didn't see the jokeno entendió el chistehe's taking winter clothes, but I can't see the pointva a llevar ropa de invierno, pero no veo para quéI can see no reason to worryyo no veo que haya ningún motivo para preocuparsedo you see what I mean?¿entiendes?I fail to see what's so funny
¿te das cuenta?yo no le veo la gracia or no veo qué tiene de graciosoyou'll have to apologize — I don't see why I shouldvas a tener que pedir perdón — no veo por quéI can see (that) you're in a difficult position, but …me doy cuenta de or comprendo que estás en una situación difícil, pero …Example sentences
- It may be understandable to see how a young man, fresh from a life of crime could paint such violent pictures.
- In considering citizenship, we saw that it entailed more than simply a formal badge of membership in a national community.
- When you stop to consider, you see that it has a lot of the elements that make up a good line.
- 7 (consider, regard) try to see things from my point of viewtrata de ver las cosas desde mi punto de vistathe way I see it, as I see ita mi modo de verI see her more as a friend than a teacher
tal como yo lo veo
a mi entenderla veo más como amiga que como maestraI see nothing wrong in ityo no le encuentro nada de maloExample sentences
- What if everyone sees everything differently?
- Taking a step back for a moment, a vertically integrated business sees itself quite differently to a functional or divisionalized organization.
- Speed, daring, and deep penetrations without regard to flank security came to be seen as essential.
- 8 8.1 (visualize) me, a writer? I can't see it, somehow!¿un autor, yo? ¡me cuesta imaginármelo!can you see him as a teacher?¿te lo imaginas de profesor?I can still see her face when she heard the newses como si estuviera viendo la cara que puso cuando se enteró8.2 (envisage, foresee) I can see there'll be problemsveo que va a haber problemasto see something/somebody
-ingI can't see it workingno creo que vaya a funcionarI can't see him being able to persuade herno creo que la vaya a poder convencerI saw it comingme lo vi venir8.3 (accept) (American English) [colloquial]we could move Johnson over to Sales — OK, I can see thatpodríamos pasar a Johnson a Ventas — bueno, eso me parece bien
- 9 9.1 (find out, determine) I went to see what was happening/what she wantedfui a ver qué pasaba/qué queríaI'll have to see what I can dotendré que ver qué puedo hacerwe'll have to (wait and) seehabrá que esperar y verthat remains to be seeneso está por verseExample sentences9.2 (ensure)to see
- It will be interesting to see whether the BBC will consider them for an audio medium.
- I then considered both points to see whether their placing in the chart was appropriate.
- It will be interesting to see whether the Ministers will have the courage to embrace this emotive issue.
thatthe umpire's job is to see (that) there's fair playla tarea del árbitro es asegurarse de que el juego sea limpiosee (that) you're there on timeno vayas a llegar tardesee that it doesn't happen againque no vuelva a sucederExample sentences
- I have had them checked to see that they are sound, and they are no danger to any structure.
- Trust and verify is drill jargon for reminding yourself to check the gun and see that it is not loaded.
- As I was getting off the train, I checked to see that my wallet was stuck in the top of my bag.
- 10 10.1 (experience, undergo) I doubt if I'll live to see itno creo que yo llegue a verlo or que yo llegue a ver el díashe won't see 40 againya no vuelve a cumplir los 40I don't think he'll see 60no creo que llegue a cumplir 60I want to travel and see (a bit of) lifequiero viajar y ver mundohis hair looks like it's never seen a brush! [colloquial] [humorous]parece que se hubiera peleado con el peine [humorous]10.2 (be the occasion of)in a week which has seen the start of …en una semana que ha visto el inicio de …after 24 hours of violence which saw several people deaddespués de 24 horas de violencia que arrojó un saldo de varios muertosnext Thursday sees the launch of the new modelel próximo jueves es la fecha señalada para el lanzamiento del nuevo modeloExample sentences
- The last few days of this election campaign will now see a bitter fight over the most hated man in America.
- Next May sees full council elections across England and Wales, and the BNP is aiming to pick up seats in target areas such as West Yorkshire and Barking, east London.
- The series of television debates in the American presidential elections has seen ratings soar.
- 11 11.1 (escort, accompany) to see somebody to the dooracompañar a alguien a la puertato see somebody homeacompañar a alguien a su casa11.2 (bring, last) [colloquial]$500 should see you to the end of the monthcon 500 dólares debería alcanzarte or te deberías poder arreglar hasta fin de mesthat's enough to see me till tomorrowcon eso me alcanza hasta mañana
- 2 (understand, realize) can't you see he loves you?¿no te das cuenta de or no ves que te quiere?as far as I can seepor lo que yo veoI see(expressing realization) ya veo(accepting explanation) entiendohe's deaf, you seees que es sordo ¿sabes?it works like this, you see?funciona así ¿ves?now see here, I'm not going to let you get away with that [colloquial]
- 3 (consider, think) let's seevamos a verwill you let me go? — we'll see
veamos¿me vas a dejar ir? — veremos or vamos a verI'll see, but I can't promise anythingvoy a ver, pero no te puedo prometer nada
- 1 (deal with) a man came to see about the leaking roof
- we stayed up to see the New Year in
- 1 (say goodbye to)
- 1 (show out)
- → see around
- 1verb + preposition + object (not be deceived by) anyone could see through that story
vino un hombre por lo de la goteradon't worry, I'll see about it so you refuse to do it: well, we'll soon see about that!
con que te niegas a hacerlo: ya lo veremos …2 (consider, decide) may I borrow the car? — I'll have to see about that
¿me prestas el coche? — tendré que pensarlo
nos quedamos levantados para recibir or esperar el Año NuevoI don't suppose I'll live to see in the next century
no creo que llegue a ver el nuevo siglo
despedirI'll come and see you off
vendré a despedirte or a despedirme de ti2 2.1 (get rid of) the dog saw them off
el perro los ahuyentó2.2 (defeat) (British English) [colloquial]
(person)I'll see you out
acompañar (hasta la puerta)
acompañar (hasta la puerta)
te acompaño hasta la puertaI can see myself out
no hace falta que me acompañes2
(old year)3 (last, survive) I don't think the roof will see out the winter
no creo que el techo aguante hasta el fin del inviernoI reckon she'll see us all out
creo que nos va a enterrar a todos
ese cuento no se lo creía nadieI can see through your little game
te conozco el juegoI saw through him from the start
lo calé desde el primer momento [colloquial]2verb + object + adverb, verb + object + preposition + object 2.1 (support) his support saw me through
su apoyo me mantuvo a flotehis optimism saw him through the crisis
su optimismo lo ayudó a sobrellevar la crisis2.2 (last) $20 won't see me through the week
20 dólares no me van a alcanzar hasta el fin de semanamake sure this sees you through
con esto te tiene que alcanzar3verb + object + adverb (carry to completion) he saw the term through
terminó el semestreI'll see this thing through if it kills me!
¡voy a llevar esto buen a término aunque me mate!
ocuparse deI'm too busy to see to everything myself
estoy muy atareada y no puedo ocuparme de or encargarme de todothere's a customer out there: could you see to him for me?
hay un cliente allí ¿podrías ocuparte de él or podrías atenderlo?at his age, he ought to be able to see to his own breakfast
a su edad debería ser capaz de hacerse el desayunoto see to it (that)you must see to it that the doors are locked
debes asegurarte de que cierren las puertas con llaveI'll finish by Friday — see to it that you do
para el viernes lo termino — asegúrate de que así seaare you sure she'll come? — I'll see to it myself
¿estás seguro de que vendrá? — yo me encargo de ellowe didn't get a moment's peace, the children saw to that!
no tuvimos un momento de paz ¡de eso se encargaron los niños!
- (diocese) the Holy SeeExample sentences
- The title of archbishop ceased to be used for these two sees of the episcopal church in Scotland after the revolution of 1688.
- The sees of Edinburgh and Saint Andrews in the east, and of Glasgow in the west have been co-equals since the Middle Ages.
- In ecclesiastical affairs, the see of Canterbury claimed a comparable hegemony.
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