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


[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.
1825-35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related forms
sightseer, noun Unabridged
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  • Winter may be a more reliable period for sightseeing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sightseeing


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


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
(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

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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