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Definition of seem linking verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1seem (to somebody) (to be) something (not used in the progressive tenses) to give the impression of being or doing something synonym appear + adj. You seem happy. Do whatever seems best to you. seem like something It seemed like a good idea at the time. seem (as though…) It always seemed as though they would get married. “He'll be there, won't he?” “So it seems (= people say so).” it seems that… It seems that they know what they're doing. seem to do/be/have something They seem to know what they're doing. People aren't always what they seem to be.
  2. 2seem to do/be/have something used to make what you say about your thoughts, feelings, or actions less strong I seem to have left my book at home. I can't seem to (= I've tried, but I can't) get started today.
  3. 3it seems it would seem used to suggest that something is true when you are not certain or when you want to be polite seem (that)… It would seem that we all agree. + adj. It seems only reasonable to ask students to buy a dictionary. Language Bankopiniongiving your personal opinion In my opinion, everyone should have some understanding of science. Everyone should, in my opinion, have some understanding of science. It seems to me that many people in this country have a flawed understanding of science. This is, in my view, the result of a failure of the scientific community to get its message across. Another reason why so many people have such a poor understanding of science is, I believe, the lack of adequate funding for science in schools. Smith argues that science is separate from culture. My own view is that science belongs with literature, art, philosophy, and religion as an integral part of our culture. In this writer's opinion, the more the public knows about science, the less they will fear and distrust it.
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