saw

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 /sɔː/

For the verb: "to saw"

Simple Past: sawed, saw
Past Participle: sawed, seen

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
saw1 /sɔ/USA pronunciation  n., v.,  sawed, sawedor sawn, saw•ing.

n. [countable]
  1. a tool for cutting, usually a thin blade of metal with sharp teeth.

v. 
  1. to cut with a saw: [no object]My arms are tired; I've been sawing all day.[+ object]He's been sawing tree branches all day.
idiom
  1. saw wood, to snore loudly while sleeping.


saw2 /sɔ/USA pronunciation  v. 

    pt. of see1.see

saw3 /sɔ/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

    a saying;
    maxim;
    proverb:the old saw about "feeding a cold and starving a fever.''


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

saw /sɔː/ n
  1. any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge
  2. any of various machines or devices for cutting by use of a toothed blade, such as a power-driven circular toothed wheel or toothed band of metal
vb (saws, sawing, sawed, sawed, sawn)
  1. to cut with a saw
  2. to form by sawing
  3. to cut as if wielding a saw: to saw the air
  4. to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
Etymology: Old English sagu; related to Old Norse sog, Old High German saga, Latin secāre to cut, secūris axe

ˈsawer n ˈsawˌlike adj
saw /sɔː/ vb
  1. the past tense of see1
saw /sɔː/ n
  1. a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
Etymology: Old English sagu a saying; related to saga



see /siː/ vb (sees, seeing, saw, seen)
  1. to perceive with the eyes
  2. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand: I explained the problem but he could not see it
  3. (transitive) to perceive with any or all of the senses: I hate to see you so unhappy
  4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to be aware of in advance; foresee: I can see what will happen if you don't help
  5. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn: see who is at the door
  6. when tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, followed by to: to make sure (of something) or take care (of something): see that he gets to bed early
  7. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide: see if you can come next week
  8. (transitive) to have experience of; undergo: he had seen much unhappiness in his life
  9. (transitive) to allow to be in a specified condition: I cannot stand by and see a child in pain
  10. (transitive) to be characterized by: this period of history has seen much unrest
  11. (transitive) to meet or pay a visit to: to see one's solicitor
  12. (transitive) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor: the Prime Minister will see the deputation now
  13. (transitive) to frequent the company of: she is seeing a married man
  14. (transitive) to accompany or escort: I saw her to the door
  15. (transitive) to refer to or look up: for further information see the appendix
  16. (in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
  17. as far as I can seeto the best of my judgment or understanding
  18. see fit ⇒ (takes an infinitive) to consider proper, desirable, etc: I don't see fit to allow her to come here
  19. see someone hanged first, see someone damned firstinformal to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
  20. see you, see you later, be seeing youan expression of farewell

See also see about, see into, see off, see throughEtymology: Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan
see /siː/ n
  1. the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit



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