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

Examples of sightsee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ship was carrying 128 passengers, most of whom were sightseeing on land Wednesday, in addition to 82 crew members, according to Portland officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 18 Oct. 2023 Everyone was eager to sightsee, take a few selfies and maybe enjoy a pint or two on the Cubs’ first outside-the-box trip since last summer’s Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2023 Advertisement Off the court, the Mustangs will also sightsee and visit museums. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 31 July 2023 Many resorts turn their gondola or chair lifts into the ideal way to sightsee while sitting down, with delicious restaurants and soothing spas onsite. Jessica Booth, Redbook, 26 July 2023 Johnson and his longtime wife Cookie have been sightseeing with Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson; judge Greg Mathis and his wife Linda Mathis; as well as Vicki Palmer and her husband John Palmer. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 13 July 2023 Family members last week told The Courier Journal that Emerson had been in Washington, D.C. for a three-day professional development workshop and had brought his mother and twin brother along to sightsee. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2023 Pack one to wear for sightseeing first thing in the morning or for sunset cocktails on a windy beach. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2023 Go sailing, fishing, or sightseeing out on the water, or hit the oyster bar or Daiquiri Deck at Siesta Key Village. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2023 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

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Cite this Entry

“Sightsee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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