sight·​see ˈsīt-ˌsē How to pronounce sightsee (audio)
past sightsaw ˈsīt-ˌsȯ How to pronounce sightsee (audio) ; present participle sightseeing ˈsīt-ˌsē-iŋ How to pronounce sightsee (audio)

intransitive verb

: to go about seeing sights of interest
sightseer noun

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Though the main point of the party was simply to get outside, sightsee and live off the grid, Birnie — who operated a jewelry store with her husband in La Grande — helped her friends gain autonomy long before women’s liberation. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 It is said that the pastor declared the ground free for both Christians and Muslims to worship as well as others who may want to sightsee. Mariam Sule, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Make sure to take some time to snorkel or sightsee from a human-powered boat. Outside Online, 30 Sep. 2021 There are anywhere between 5,000 and 8,000 people that flock to Fifth Avenue to try and celebrity sightsee. Vogue, 31 Mar. 2022 Visitors are not only coming (pandemic restrictions permitting) to Rome to sightsee and shop, but increasingly want a place here too. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 In years past, when religious zealots visited the Temple Mount, ostensibly to sightsee but surreptitiously moving their lips in silent prayer or pretending to speak on a cellphone, Israeli police would intervene. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 Petito, 22 and Laundrie, 23, had embarked on a cross-country trip in mid-June with plans to sightsee and visit national parks in a white Ford Transit. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 23 Oct. 2021 For a dizzying list of where the Kids Free deals are, head to the San Diego Tourism Authority website ( for ideas on where to stay, eat and sightsee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


back-formation from sightseeing

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sightsee was in 1824

Dictionary Entries Near sightsee

Cite this Entry

“Sightsee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition



sight·​see ˈsīt-ˌsē How to pronounce sightsee (audio)
sightsaw; sightseeing
: to go about seeing places and things of interest
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