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[sahyt-see] /ˈsaɪtˌsi/
verb (used without object)
to go about seeing places and things of interest:
In Rome, we only had two days to sightsee.
verb (used with object)
to go about seeing the major sights of:
We had only two days to sightsee Rome.
Origin of sightsee
1825-35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related forms
sightseer, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • But better than palaces are the picture-galleries, three of which are open to the sightseer.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • In Tucumn itself, there is nothing of interest for the sightseer.

  • Even in the places most frequented by the sightseer they do not abound in any profusion.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • But taken as a whole, for the sightseer Madrid is just a weariness of the spirit.

    Heroic Spain Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • It was at its worst as a sight, and I at mine as a sightseer.

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
  • Over the way a man was sauntering, for all the world like a sightseer from out of town.

    The President

    Alfred Henry Lewis
  • But really, in her coming she was not simply a visitor and sightseer; she intended to stay and share in the husband.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • St. Sophia ought no longer to be a mere lounge for the sightseer or a spectacle for the lover of the picturesque.

  • All the books upon this subject are more or less technical and are intended rather for the student than the sightseer.

    Stained Glass Tours in France

    Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
  • Those interested in the latter will find here (even more than at Rheims) what an added inducement they provide for the sightseer.

    Stained Glass Tours in France

    Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
British Dictionary definitions for sightseer


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
(informal) to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)
Derived Forms
sightseer, noun
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