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[ sahyt ]


  1. the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.
  2. an act, fact, or instance of seeing.
  3. an instance of looking briefly; view; glimpse.
  4. one's range of vision on some specific occasion:

    Land is in sight.

  5. mental perception or regard; judgment.
  6. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle:

    the sights of London.

  7. Informal. something unusual, surprising, shocking, or distressing:

    They were a sight after the fight.

  8. Commerce.
    1. presentation of a bill of exchange:

      a draft payable at two months after sight.

    2. a showing of goods, especially gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
  9. Older Use. a great deal:

    It's a sight better to work than to starve.

  10. an observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.
  11. any of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm or surveying instrument, for aiding the eye in aiming.
  12. Obsolete. skill; insight.

verb (used with object)

  1. to see, glimpse, notice, or observe:

    to sight a ship to the north.

  2. to take a sight or observation of (a stake, coastline, etc.), especially with surveying or navigating instruments.
  3. to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.
  4. to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.

verb (used without object)

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


/ saɪt /


  1. the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; vision opticalvisual
  2. the act or an instance of seeing
  3. the range of vision

    within sight of land

  4. range of mental vision; point of view; judgment

    in his sight she could do nothing wrong

  5. a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of )
  6. anything that is seen
  7. often plural anything worth seeing; spectacle

    the sights of London

  8. informal.
    anything unpleasant or undesirable to see

    his room was a sight!

  9. any of various devices or instruments used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations, esp such a device used in aiming a gun
  10. an observation or alignment made with such a device
  11. an opportunity for observation
  12. obsolete.
    insight or skill
  13. a sight informal.
    a great deal

    she's a sight too good for him

  14. a sight for sore eyes
    a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see
  15. at sight or on sight
    1. as soon as seen
    2. on presentation

      a bill payable at sight

  16. know by sight
    to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintance

    I know Mr Brown by sight but we have never spoken

  17. not by a long sight informal.
    on no account; not at all
  18. out of sight
    1. not visible
    2. extreme or very unusual
    3. ( as interj. )

      that's marvellous!

  19. set one's sights on
    to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for
  20. sight unseen
    without having seen the object at issue

    to buy a car sight unseen


  1. tr to see, view, or glimpse
  2. tr
    1. to furnish with a sight or sights
    2. to adjust the sight of
  3. to aim (a firearm) using the sight

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsightable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • sight·a·ble adjective
  • sight·er noun
  • re·sight verb (used with object)
  • un·der·sight noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sight1

First recorded before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English sihth (more often gesihth, gesiht; cognate with German Gesicht face; y- ), derivative of sēon “to see 1 ”; -th 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sight1

Old English sihth; related to Old High German siht; see see 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once:

    It was love at first sight.

  2. at sight,
    1. immediately upon seeing, especially without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.:

      to translate something at sight.

    2. Commerce. on presentation:

      a draft payable at sight.

  3. catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy:

    We caught sight of the lake below.

  4. know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously:

    I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.

  5. not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not:

    Is that all? Not by a long sight.

  6. on / upon sight, immediately upon seeing:

    to shoot him on sight;

    to recognize someone on sight.

  7. out of sight,
    1. beyond one's range of vision.
    2. Informal. beyond reason; exceedingly high:

      The price is out of sight.

    3. Slang. (often used as an interjection) fantastic; marvelous:

      a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.

      Oh wow! Out of sight!

  8. sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
  9. sight unseen, without previous examination:

    to buy something sight unseen.

  10. in plain sight. in plain sight.

More idioms and phrases containing sight

  • 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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Example Sentences

After losing his sight to smallpox in 1759 at the age of 2, John Gough developed a heightened sense of touch.

Consistency of posting is also key to staying Instagram-relevant, hence the need to be visible and active to remain in users’ sight.

Amid the maelstrom of negative news about the dangers of misinformation and the exploitation of private data, it’s easy to lose sight of how technology might help.

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Use the right mix of short-tail, long-tail, geo-targeting, and LSI keywords to help your business become a frequent sight on the first page of Google for industry-specific and local searches.

Last week, you set your sights on breaking baseball records, albeit in a shortened season.

There was the obvious sight gags of Valerie not realizing who everyone was clapping for, when the party was clapping for her.

The gathering of the thousands of cops had been a soul-stirring sight.

Thanks to the Atlanta case, they can now see another in plain sight.

I wonder if the seasoned salesman can spot the billionaires on sight.

In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.

And he was gone, and out of sight on the swift galloping Benito, before Father Gaspara bethought himself.

A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.

But at the instant I caught a sight of my counterfeit presentment in a shop window, and veiled my haughty crest.

The Vine is a universal favorite, and rarely out of view; while it often seems to cover half the ground in sight.

At the sight, Felipe flung himself on his knees before her; he kissed the aged hands as they lay trembling in her lap.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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