For the verb: "to saw"
|Simple Past: ||sawed, saw|
|Past Participle: ||sawed, seen|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
saw1 /sɔ/USA pronunciation
n., v., sawed, sawedorsawn, saw•ing.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.see
proverb:the old saw about "feeding a cold and starving a fever.''
see1 /si/USA pronunciation
v., saw/sɔ/USA pronunciationseen/sin/USA pronunciationsee•ing.
[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.
[not: be + ~-ing; no object] to have the power of sight:He can't see;
he's been blind from birth.
[~ + object] to view, as a spectator:I saw a good movie last night.
Electronics[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to scan or view, esp. by electronic means: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.
[~ + object] to imagine or believe that one sees something:You must be seeing things; there's nothing here.
[not: be + ~-ing] to be aware of;
recognize:to see his mistakes.
[no object] (used as a polite request to draw the attention of someone to something):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.
[~ + object] to have knowledge or experience of:to see combat.
[~ + that clause] to make sure:See that the door is locked.Compare see to below.
[~ + object] to meet and converse with; visit:Why don't you come and see me?
[~ + object] to receive (someone) as a visitor:not allowed to see anyone until after the operation.
[~ + object] to court or date frequently:We've been seeing each other for the last year.
[~ + object] to escort or accompany:It's late; why don't I see you home.
[no object] (used with the subject pronouns I and we, or after let and the object pronouns me or us, to indicate a pause) to think;
consider:Let me see, what was his name? Let's see; does this round peg fit in the square hole?
see about, [~ + about + object]
- 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.
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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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