saw

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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.

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

  • v. 
  • 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.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomssaw 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.''

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    see1 /si/USA pronunciation v., saw/sɔ/USA pronunciationseen/sin/USA pronunciationsee•ing.

    v. 
  • [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.
    • Also,see after. to take care of; to attend to:Let me see about that and I'll call you back.
  • 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.
  • see through: 
    • [+ through + object] to figure out the nature of (someone), esp. to detect or discover a lie:saw right through his excuses.
    • [+ object + through] to remain with until completion:Don't quit now; let's see this job through.
  • see to, [+ to + object] to take care of;
    attend to;
    see about:I'll see to all the travel arrangements.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomssee red, [Informal.]to become enraged:He saw red when he found that he'd have to pay once again for the same repairs.

    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;
    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 n. [countable]

      Religionthe seat, center of authority, or office of a bishop.


    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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