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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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Examples from the web for sightsee
  • Do not remain in the vicinity of the disturbance to sightsee.
  • Hardly the scenic qualities that entice travelers to venture further into downtown or other commercial areas to sightsee and shop.
  • We encourage everyone to limit travel after an earthquake and to avoid the temptation to sightsee.
  • Houseboats provide comfort at a relaxed pace, as well as a chance to sightsee beyond developed areas.
  • One of the main reasons individuals vacation in a region or a state is to sightsee.
British Dictionary definitions for sightsee


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