I have been wondering about the meaning of "to see" in relation to visiting someone and/or having an affair. Could you confirm (or not) that I understand the difference correctly? I have encountered the following exercise which asks us to choose the correct answer:
Tamara sees/is seeing a new boyfriend.
To me, Tamara sees a new boyfriend implies that they merely have regular meetings whereas the continuous form of "to see" adds this aspect of romantic affair to the meaning. As a result, although both options grammatically correct, the latter makes more sense in the relation girlfriend-boyfriend.
To support this hypothesis, I have found some examples from dictionaries:
Cambridge: They see a lot of each other (= are often together).
Oxford: I can only see you for five minutes.
As opposed to:
Oxford: Are you seeing anyone (= having a romantic relationship with anyone)?
Can we, then, treat "see" as a synonym to "have a meeting", whereas its continuous form implies that there is a romantic relationship involved?
I look forward to reading your insights.