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1. To escort or accompany someone to an exit. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "out." Thank you for coming by for the interview. The receptionist will see you out. I'm just going to see our guests out. I'll be back shortly.
2. To provide someone with the necessary means to endure, manage, or survive (for some period of time). A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "out." These funds should see our company out for the remainder of the fiscal year. Hopefully there are enough rations to see out the survivors until the rescue team finds them.
3. To endure, manage, or survive for a certain period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "out." With the drought ruining crops across the country, millions of people might not see the winter out. I know you're frustrated, but just see out the rest of the semester before you decided to drop out.
4. To continue working on or engaging in something until it is concluded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "see" and "out." I'll see out the rest of the project since we've come this far already, but I won't be working with the company again after that. Even though I'm failing, I'm determined to see the class out to the end.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
see someone out (of something)and show someone out (of something)
to accompany or escort someone out of something or some place. Please see our guest out of the factory. Please show our guest out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, see someone out; see someone to the door. Escort someone to the door, as in The butler saw him out, or She refused to see him to the door. This usage was first recorded in Shakespeare's Coriolanus (3:3): "Come, come, let's see him out at gates." Also see see someone off.
2. Remain with an undertaking to the end; see see through, def. 2.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To escort some visitor to an exit: The butler saw out the visitors. Will you please see Dr. Smith out?
2. To work on some project until completion: I plan to retire as soon as I see out this project. Despite poor funding, we saw the project out.
3. To manage or survive for the duration of some period of time: The doctor doesn't think the patient will see out the week. In this economy, many companies won't see they year out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.