• Generally with a qualifying word such as ill or well: to appear, look, or seem (a certain way for someone or something).
  • Without any qualifying word: to be appropriate or creditable (for someone or something).


  • + semen. Semen is derived from Old Norse sœma, from Proto-Germanic *sōmijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sem-. The English word is analysable as be- + seem.

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