sight

[ sahyt ]
/ saɪt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to aim or observe through a sight.
to look carefully in a certain direction.

Idioms

Origin of sight

before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English sihth (more often gesihth, gesiht; cognate with German Gesicht face; cf. y-), derivative of sēon to see1; see -th1

Related forms

sight·a·ble, adjectivesight·er, nounre·sight, verb (used with object)un·der·sight, noun

Can be confused

cite sight site
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British Dictionary definitions for on sight

sight

/ (saɪt) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

sightable, adjective

Word Origin for sight

Old English sihth; related to Old High German siht; see see 1
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Medicine definitions for on sight

sight

[ sīt ]

n.

The ability to see.
Field of vision.
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Idioms and Phrases with on sight (1 of 2)

on sight


Also, at sight. Immediately upon seeing, as in The soldiers threatened to shoot looters on sight, or He's able to multiply those three-digit figures at sight. [Second half of 1400s]

Idioms and Phrases with on sight (2 of 2)

sight


In addition to the idioms beginning with sight

  • sight for sore eyes, a
  • sight unseen

also see:

  • at first blush (sight)
  • at sight
  • can't stand the sight of
  • catch sight of
  • heave into sight
  • in sight
  • know by sight
  • lose sight of
  • love at first sight
  • lower one's sights
  • on sight
  • out of sight
  • raise one's sights
  • second sight
  • see the sights
  • set one's sights on
  • twenty-twenty hindsight
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