sight·​see | \ˈsīt-ˌsē \
past sightsaw\ ˈsīt-​ˌsȯ \; present participle sightseeing\ ˈsīt-​ˌsē-​iŋ \

Definition of sightsee 

intransitive verb

: to go about seeing sights of interest

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Other Words from sightsee

sightseer \ ˈsīt-​ˌsē-​ər , -​ˌsir \ noun

Examples of sightsee in a Sentence

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Passengers arrive ready for business or sightseeing the first day. Marilyn Jones,, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 Last week, the man with ample money and curiosity to fly anywhere on the globe chose to board a plane to San Diego, not to sightsee but instead to recruit. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In summer of discontent, Pop finds reason to return," 23 June 2018 Recently revamped, the pool and patio were doubled in size and elevated three meters (the better to sightsee), and designed to blend into the natural surroundings. Jenna Gottlieb, Vogue, "The Hottest Hotel Pools to Cool Down In This Summer," 21 June 2018 Some companies offer sightseeing opportunities on the way to or from the cabin. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "Tonsina Point near Seward provides a perfect place for Alaska’s newest public-use cabin," 14 May 2018 Fresh from meeting the Pope, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry continued to prove that their relationship is as strong as ever by sightseeing together in Rome. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's Italian Vacation Looks Super Romantic," 29 Apr. 2018 This year, these students will stay with German families and have time to sightsee and socialize with their German counterparts between performances. Zoë Madonna,, "Young Boston musicians build a bridge to Leipzig," 12 Apr. 2018 Brussow and Eric had been sightseeing near the Glass Window Bridge, a popular tourist attraction on the island of Eleuthera, the news station reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "He wanted to marry his girlfriend. A freak wave took away his chance to ask her. | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 They were photographed sightseeing together in Prague last week, and they were spotted vacationing together just after the New Year. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "Katy Perry Just Wore a Onesie With Orlando Bloom's Face All Over It, and We Have Some Questions," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sightsee

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sightsee

back-formation from sightseeing

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sight·​see | \ˈsīt-ˌsē \
sightsaw; sightseeing

Kids Definition of sightsee

: to go about seeing places and things of interest

Other Words from sightsee

sightseer \ -​ˌsē-​ər, -​ˌsir \ noun

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