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seem is on the Basic English 850 List.
seed - seem - selection
seem is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
see - seem - self



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  1. (intransitive) The way something seems to be is the way you think it is when you look at it, hear about it, think about it, etc.
    It seems unlikely that they will remember your name after meeting you once.
    As odd as it may seem, the girl's best friend is an eighty year old man.
    It was a terrible night, but somehow it doesn't seem so bad this morning.
    It is still raining on him, but he doesn't seem to notice.
    The bad smells did not seem to bother them.
    The young man seemed to have forgotten all his promises.
    They really seemed to be enjoying what they were doing.
    The changes seem to suggest that the police have new information.
    It seems to me that we ought to try again.
    It seemed like forever, but I think it got there in about 12 to 15 minutes.
    It seemed like a crazy idea; it had never been done before.
    You seem like a very nice guy.
    The very air he was breathing seemed as if it were on fire.