"saw" in the noun sense
1. proverb, adage, saw, byword
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
3. power saw, saw, sawing machine
a power tool for cutting wood
"saw" in the verb sense
perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
"saw wood for the fireplace"
"You have to be a good observer to see all the details"
"Can you see the bird in that tree?"
"He is blind
2. understand, realize, realise, see
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
"Now I see!"
"I just can't see your point"
"Does she realize how important this decision is?"
"I don't understand the idea"
3. witness, find, see
perceive or be contemporaneous with
"We found Republicans winning the offices"
"You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"
"The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"
"I want to see results"
4. visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, picture, image
imagine conceive of see in one's mind
"I can't see him on horseback!"
"I can see what will happen"
"I can see a risk in this strategy"
5. see, consider, reckon, view, regard
deem to be
"She views this quite differently from me"
"I consider her to be shallow"
"I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
6. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see
get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
"I learned that she has two grown-up children"
"I see that you have been promoted"
7. watch, view, see, catch, take in
see or watch
"view a show on television"
"This program will be seen all over the world"
"view an exhibition"
"Catch a show on Broadway"
"see a movie"
8. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, see
"I'll probably see you at the meeting"
"How nice to see you again!"
9. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
"I want to see whether she speaks French"
"See whether it works"
"find out if he speaks Russian"
"Check whether the train leaves on time"
10. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure
be careful or certain to do something make certain of something
"He verified that the valves were closed"
"See that the curtains are closed"
"control the quality of the product"
go to see for professional or business reasons
"You should see a lawyer"
"We had to see a psychiatrist"
go to see for a social visit
"I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
13. visit, see
go to see a place, as for entertainment
"We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"
14. attend, take care, look, see
take charge of or deal with
"Could you see about lunch?"
"I must attend to this matter"
"She took care of this business"
receive as a specified guest
"the doctor will see you now"
"The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
16. go steady, go out, date, see
date regularly have a steady relationship with
"Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"
"He is dating his former wife again!"
see and understand, have a good eye
"The artist must first learn to see"
deliberate or decide
"See whether you can come tomorrow"
observe as if with an eye
"The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"
20. examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
"The customs agent examined the baggage"
"I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
21. experience, see, go through
undergo or live through a difficult experience
"We had many trials to go through"
"he saw action in Viet Nam"
22. see, escort
accompany or escort
"I'll see you to the door"
match or meet
"I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"
24. interpret, construe, see
make sense of assign a meaning to
"What message do you see in this letter?"
"How do you interpret his behavior?"
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