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sightseeing

[sahyt-see-ing] /ˈsaɪtˌsi ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of visiting and seeing places and objects of interest.
adjective
2.
seeing, showing, or used for visiting sights:
a sightseeing bus.
Origin of sightseeing
1840-1850
1840-50; sight + seeing

sightsee

[sahyt-see] /ˈsaɪtˌsi/
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)
2.
to go about seeing the major sights of:
We had only two days to sightsee Rome.
Origin
1825-35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related forms
sightseer, noun
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  • Consequently Master Ben concluded to devote all his energies to sightseeing, and to think as seldom as possible of little Robby.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • We had come, leisurely, by river, and were sightseeing every moment.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Mamma and I are now catching up on calls, prior to leaving and doing some sightseeing.

  • Back a year ago, the average patrol was nothing but a sightseeing tour.

    Slingshot Irving W. Lande
  • I lingered over my breakfast, so that the Brat have finished his sightseeing and got away, before my tour of the Hospice began.

    The Princess Passes Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • sightseeing was always but incidental to the higher service of the Master.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • We only stayed there two days of rest and sightseeing and then rest agin, and then sot sail for Paris.

British Dictionary definitions for sightseeing

sightseeing

/ˈsaɪtˌsiːɪŋ/
noun (informal)
1.
  1. the activity of visiting the famous or interesting sights of a place
  2. (as modifier): sightseeing trip

sightsee

/ˈsaɪtˌsiː/
verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
(informal) to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)
Derived Forms
sightseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for sightseeing
n.

also sight-seeing, 1821, from sight (cf. sights) + present participle of see (v.). Sight-see (v.) is from 1824. Sight-seer first recorded 1821.

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