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For the verb: "to saw"
|Simple Past: ||sawed|
|Past Participle: ||sawed|
For the verb: "to see"
|Simple Past: ||saw|
|Past Participle: ||seen|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
saw1 /sɔ/USA pronunciation
n., v., sawed, sawed orsawn, saw•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Buildinga tool for cutting, usually a thin blade of metal with sharp teeth.
- Buildingto 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.
saw2 /sɔ/USA pronunciation
- Idiomssaw wood, to snore loudly while sleeping.
saw3 /sɔ/USA pronunciation
- pt. of see1.
- a saying;
proverb:the old saw about "feeding a cold and starving a fever.''
(sô), n., v., sawed, sawed orsawn, saw•ing. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Buildinga tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.
- Buildingany similar tool or device, as a rotating disk, in which a sharp continuous edge replaces the teeth.
- Buildingto cut or divide with a saw.
- Buildingto form by cutting with a saw.
- to make cutting motions as if using a saw:to saw the air with one's hands.
- to work (something) from side to side like a saw.
- Buildingto use a saw.
- to cut with or as if with a saw.
- to cut as a saw does.
- saw wood, [Informal.]to snore loudly while sleeping.
(noun, nominal) Middle English sawe, Old English saga, *sagu;
cognate with Dutch zaag, Old Norse sǫg;
akin to German Säge saw, Latin secāre to cut (see section), Old English seax knife, sax2;
(verb, verbal) Middle English sawen, derivative of the noun, nominal
- pt. of see 1.
- a sententious saying;
proverb:He could muster an old saw for every occasion.
Old English sagu;
cognate with German Sage, Old Norse saga saga;
akin to say1
see1 /si/USA pronunciation
v., saw/sɔ/USA pronunciation seen/sin/USA pronunciation see•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [not: be + ~-ing] to view (something) with the eyes; look at: [~ + object]I saw her in the park.[~ + object + verb-ing]I saw her running in the park.[~ + object + root form of verb]I saw him shoot the police officer.
- to have the power of sight[not: be + ~-ing; no object]He can't see;
he's been blind from birth.
- to view, as a spectator[~ + object]I saw a good movie last night.
- Electronics to scan or view, esp. by electronic means[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]When the electronic eye sees you, the door opens automatically.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to grasp (things) mentally; to understand: [~ + object]I see your point.[~ + clause]I see that you meant it; sorry I doubted you.[no object]Don't you see; we want to help you!
- [not: be + ~-ing] to form a mental image of: [~ + object]I can't see him as president.[~ + object + verb-ing]I can't see him running things.
- to imagine or believe that one sees something[~ + object]You must be seeing things; there's nothing here.
- to be aware of;
recognize[not: be + ~-ing]to see his mistakes.
- (used as a polite request to draw the attention of someone to something)[no object]See, here it comes.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to discover; find out: [~ + object]See who is at the door.[no object]If you don't believe me, then here, see for yourself.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to read or read about: [~ + object]I saw it in the newspaper.[~ + that clause]I saw in the newspaper that your store carries these computers.
- to have knowledge or experience of[~ + object]to see combat.
- [~ + that clause] to make sure:See that the door is locked.Compare see to below.
- to meet and converse with; visit[~ + object]Why don't you come and see me?
- to receive (someone) as a visitor[~ + object]not allowed to see anyone until after the operation.
- to court or date frequently[~ + object]We've been seeing each other for the last year.
- to escort or accompany[~ + object]It's late; why don't I see you home.
- (used with the subject pronouns I and we, or after let and the object pronouns me or us, to indicate a pause) to think;
see about, [~ + about + object]
consider[no object]Let me see, what was his name? Let's see; does this round peg fit in the square hole?
- to inquire about;
investigate:It's his job to see about what his teachers are doing.
see off, to accompany (someone about to go on a journey) to the place of departure: [~ + off + object]We went to the airport to see off my aunt and uncle.[~ + object + off]to see them off.
see out, [~ + object + out] to escort to an outer door:He saw her out the door with a smile.
- Also,see after. to take care of; to attend to:Let me see about that and I'll call you back.
- [~ + through + object] to figure out the nature of (someone), esp. to detect or discover a lie:saw right through his excuses.
see to, [~ + to + object] to take care of;
- [~ + object + through] to remain with until completion:Don't quit now; let's see this job through.
see about:I'll see to all the travel arrangements.
Compare the words see and look. The verb look refers to a much more active sense in which the subject uses the eyes, moves them, turns the head, and generally participates more in the action:I looked at the people rushing by (= I moved my eyes, perhaps even turning my head to observe them).The verb see is much less active and implies less participation by the subject; with this verb, the image of the object simply strikes the subject's eyes, and the subject does much less:I saw her standing there (= The image of her standing there simply struck my eyes;
- Idiomssee red, [Informal.]to become enraged:He saw red when he found that he'd have to pay once again for the same repairs.
I had very little to do with the activity).Whenever a meaning of a verb implies activity or participation, there is a good chance the progressive aspect ([be + ~-ing]) may be used:I was looking at the people rushing by. I have been seeing her (= dating) for two years.But when the action of a verb does not imply continuing activity or participation by the subject, the progressive aspect is not used, which is why see so often does not allow the progressive aspect:I saw her standing there (NOT: I was seeing her...).
see2 /si/USA pronunciation
- Religionthe seat, center of authority, or office of a bishop.
(sē), v., saw, seen, see•ing.
- to perceive with the eyes;
- to view;
visit or attend as a spectator:to see a play.
- Computingto perceive by means of computer vision.
- Electronicsto scan or view, esp. by electronic means:The satellite can see the entire southern half of the country.
- to perceive (things) mentally; discern;
understand:to see the point of an argument.
- to construct a mental image of;
visualize:He still saw his father as he was 25 years ago.
- to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable:I can't see him as president.
- to be cognizant of; recognize:to see the good in others;
to see where the mistake is.
- to foresee:He could see war ahead.
- to ascertain, learn, or find out:See who is at the door.
- to have knowledge or experience of:to see service in the foreign corps.
- to make sure:See that the work is done.
- to meet and converse with:Are you seeing her at lunch today?
- to receive as a visitor:The ambassador finally saw him.
- to visit:He's gone to see his aunt.
- to court, keep company with, or date frequently:They've been seeing each other for a long time.
- to provide aid or assistance to; take care of:He's seeing his brother through college.
- to attend or escort:to see someone home.
- Games[Cards.]to match (a bet) or match the bet of (a bettor) by staking an equal sum; call:I'll see your five and raise you five more.
- to prefer (someone or something) to be as indicated (usually used as a mild oath):I'll see you in hell before I sell you this house. He'll see the business fail before he admits he's wrong.
- to read or read about:I saw it in the newspaper.
- to have the power of sight.
- Computingto be capable of perceiving by means of computer vision.
- to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight:Philosophy teaches us to see.
- to give attention or care:See, there it goes.
- to find out; make inquiry:Go and see for yourself.
- to consider;
deliberate:Let me see, how does that song go?
- to look about; observe:They heard the noise and came out to see.
- to investigate;
see after, to attend to; take care of:Will you please see after my plants while I'm away?
see off, to take leave of someone setting out on a journey;
- to turn one's attention to;
take care of:He said he would see about getting the license plates.
accompany to the place of departure:I went to the airport to see them off.
see out, to remain with (a task, project, etc.) until its completion:We decided to see it out, even if it meant another year.
- to penetrate to the true nature of; comprehend;
detect:He quickly saw through my story.
see to, to take care of; be responsible for:I'll see to the theater tickets.
- to stay with to the end or until completion;
persevere:to see a difficult situation through.
1 . observe, notice, distinguish, discern, behold, regard. See watch. 5 . comprehend, penetrate. 10 . determine. 11 . know, undergo. 18 . accompany.
(sē), n. [Eccles.]
Middle English seen, Old English sēon;
cognate with Dutch zien, German sehen, Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan
- Religionthe seat, center of authority, office, or jurisdiction of a bishop.
- Latin sēdes seat
- Old French se (variant of sie)
- Middle English se(e) 1250–1300
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saw /sɔː/ n
vb (saws, sawing, sawed, sawed, sawn)
- any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge
- 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
Etymology: Old English sagu; related to Old Norse sog, Old High German saga, Latin secāre to cut, secūris axeˈsawer n ˈsawˌlike adj
- to cut with a saw
- to form by sawing
- to cut as if wielding a saw: to saw the air
- to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
saw /sɔː/ vb
- the past tense of see1
saw /sɔː/ n
Etymology: Old English sagu a saying; related to saga
- a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
see /siː/ vb (sees, seeing, saw, seen)
See also see about
- to perceive with the eyes
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to perceive (an idea) mentally; understand: I explained the problem but he could not see it
- (transitive) to perceive with any or all of the senses: I hate to see you so unhappy
- (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
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to ascertain or find out (a fact); learn: see who is at the door
- 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
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to consider, deliberate, or decide: see if you can come next week
- (transitive) to have experience of; undergo: he had seen much unhappiness in his life
- (transitive) to allow to be in a specified condition: I cannot stand by and see a child in pain
- (transitive) to be characterized by: this period of history has seen much unrest
- (transitive) to meet or pay a visit to: to see one's solicitor
- (transitive) to receive, esp as a guest or visitor: the Prime Minister will see the deputation now
- (transitive) to frequent the company of: she is seeing a married man
- (transitive) to accompany or escort: I saw her to the door
- (transitive) to refer to or look up: for further information see the appendix
- (in gambling, esp in poker) to match (another player's bet) or match the bet of (another player) by staking an equal sum
- as far as I can see ⇒ to the best of my judgment or understanding
- see fit ⇒ (takes an infinitive) to consider proper, desirable, etc: I don't see fit to allow her to come here
- see someone hanged first, see someone damned first ⇒ informal to refuse absolutely to do what one has been asked
- see you, see you later, be seeing you ⇒ an expression of farewell
, see into
, see off
, see throughEtymology: Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan
see /siː/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit
- the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situated
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