Phrasal verbs with see in English

Phrasal verbs with see in English

The verb to see [siː] is one of the most common and useful words in the English language, which can be used in many contexts. The verb to see is an irregular verb. Its main forms are presented in the table

InfinitivePast SimplePast Participle
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Phrasal verbs are an important part of the English language and play an important role in everyday speech. Knowing phrasal verbs with the verb “see” will help improve your English and expand your communication skills.

Basic phrasal verbs with see

Consider common phrasal verbs with to see in English:

  • see about  to investigate or consider something
    • I will see about getting tickets for the concert
    • Frank went to see about his passport
  • see beyond – to look past the surface or obvious and understand something more deeply
    • She was able to see beyond his gruff exterior and appreciate his kind heart
  • see in – to welcome or accompany someone into a building or room
    • Let me see you in, and I’ll show you where to put your coat
    • I usually see the New Year in with my family
  • see into – to look deeply or investigate something
    • The detective was determined to see into the crime and solve the mystery
    • The detective is trying to see into the motives of the suspect
  • see eye to eye – to agree or have the same opinion
    • We don’t always see eye to eye on everything, but we still respect each other’s views
  • see off – to say goodbye to someone who is leaving
    • We gathered at the airport to see off our friends who were returning home
    • We saw her off from Stansted Airport
    • The dogs saw them off in no time
    • The home team saw off the challengers by 52 points to 45
  • see out – to accompany someone to the door or exit when they are leaving
    • I’ll see you out and make sure you find your way to the car
    • When guests leave, the host usually sees them out
    • I’ve had this coat for years, and I’m sure it will see me out
    • They had enough fuel to see the winter out
    • At midnight we see out the old year and see in the new
  • see over – to inspect or review something
    • The contractor will need to see over the plans before beginning construction
    • Can I see over the flat before I make my decision?
  • see red – to become very angry or enraged
    • Whenever she saw her ex-boyfriend with someone else, she saw red
  • see the light – to understand something after a period of confusion or uncertainty
    • After struggling with the math problem for hours, he finally saw the light and was able to solve it
  • see through – to complete or support someone or something until the end
    • The coach helped see her team through a difficult season
    • Can’t you see through his lies?
    • She’s determined to see the job through
    • Her courage and good humour saw her through
  • see to  – to take care of or attend to something
    • I need to see to my work before I can go out with my friends
    • If you can provide the wine, I’ll see to the food
  • see to it –  to ensure that something is taken care of or done
    • I’ll see to it that the report is submitted on time
  • see with –  to have the ability to see or perceive something in a certain way
    • She saw the world with fresh eyes after her trip abroad


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