- seem [ sim ] verb intransitive never progressive ***1. ) to appear to be something or appear to have a particular quality:John seems nice.seem (to be) someone/something: Susan seems a very sensible person.seem happy/genuine/relaxed etc. to someone: He seems happy enough to me.seem like: Going out for lunch seemed like a good idea.seem to do something: She seemed to want to take very good care of herself.2. ) used when you want to say something in a more careful or polite and less direct way:it seems/would seem (that): It seems there's going to be a slight delay.seem to have done something: I seem to have forgotten your name.can't seem to do something: We can't seem to get this computer to work.it seemsused for saying that something appears to exist or be true:it seems to do something: It seems to rain all the time here.it seems (that): Standing there in the house, it seemed that he had never been away.it seems to someone (that): It seems to me this is his most important novel.it seems like: It seems like their marriage is over.it seems as if/though: It seems as if everybody else knew except me.so it seems (=it appears that this is true): He's not coming with us, then? So it seems.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.