[ sahyt-see ]
See synonyms for: sightseesightseeingsightseer on

verb (used without object)
  1. to go about seeing places and things of interest: In Rome, we only had two days to sightsee.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words from sightsee

  • sightseer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sightsee in a sentence

  • A little to the left of Crosby Hall, through a low gateway, the sightseer passes from the noisy thoroughfare into a quiet court.

    Milton's England | Lucia Ames Mead
  • To the Old South Church itself, the sightseer next turns, if still bent on historical pilgrimages.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback | Willard Glazier
  • The Tower Bridge, on a first sight, is infinitely more astonishing to the sightseer than any other London monument.

  • In the Adamello country, however, the greediest sightseer will be satisfied.

    Italian Alps | Douglas William Freshfield
  • The latter does not contain much that, one would suppose, appeals to the interest of the ordinary sightseer.

    A Book of Ghosts | Sabine Baring-Gould

British Dictionary definitions for sightsee


/ (ˈsaɪtˌsiː) /

verb-sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen
  1. informal to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)

Derived forms of sightsee

  • sightseer, noun

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