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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 of sightsee
1825-1835
1825-35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related forms
sightseer, noun
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  • Seldom, indeed, has the sightseer at Barcelona to put his hand in his pocket.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • In Tucumn itself, there is nothing of interest for the sightseer.

  • To the Old South Church itself, the sightseer next turns, if still bent on historical pilgrimages.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback Willard Glazier
  • Even in the places most frequented by the sightseer they do not abound in any profusion.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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
  • Over the way a man was sauntering, for all the world like a sightseer from out of town.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • He could hardly explain outright that Mrs. Saumarez was not coming—that Angèle alone would be the sightseer.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • But really, in her coming she was not simply a visitor and sightseer; she intended to stay and share in the husband.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • But better than palaces are the picture-galleries, three of which are open to the sightseer.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • All the books upon this subject are more or less technical and are intended rather for the student than the sightseer.

    Stained Glass Tours in France Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
British Dictionary definitions for sightseer

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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