verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Nearby words

  1. siggeir,
  2. siggo,
  3. sigh,
  4. sighful,
  5. sighfully,
  6. sight bill,
  7. sight draft,
  8. sight for sore eyes, a,
  9. sight gag,
  10. sight rhyme


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

Can be confusedcite sight site Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sights

British Dictionary definitions for sights



the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; visionRelated adjectives: optical, visual
the act or an instance of seeing
the range of visionwithin sight of land
range of mental vision; point of view; judgmentin his sight she could do nothing wrong
a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of)
anything that is seen
(often plural) anything worth seeing; spectaclethe sights of London
informal anything unpleasant or undesirable to seehis room was a sight!
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
an observation or alignment made with such a device
an opportunity for observation
obsolete insight or skill
a sight informal a great dealshe's a sight too good for him
a sight for sore eyes a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see
at sight or on sight
  1. as soon as seen
  2. on presentationa bill payable at sight
know by sight to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintanceI know Mr Brown by sight but we have never spoken
not by a long sight informal on no account; not at all
out of sight
  1. slangnot visible
  2. extreme or very unusual
  3. (as interj.)that's marvellous!
set one's sights on to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for
sight unseen without having seen the object at issueto buy a car sight unseen


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

Word Origin for sight

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

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Word Origin and History for sights
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Medicine definitions for sights




The ability to see.
Field of vision.

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Idioms and Phrases with sights


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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