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

Definition of sightsee

intransitive verb

: to go about seeing sights of interest

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Other Words from sightsee

sightseer \ ˈsīt-​ˌsē-​ər How to pronounce sightseer (audio) , -​ˌsir \ noun

Examples of sightsee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While out sightseeing one day, her iPhone slipped from her fingers and landed in one of the canals. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Confessions of the World's Top Travel Fixers," 28 Oct. 2019 The Redondo Beach Marina, home to a number of local chain restaurants and a departure point for whale-watching and sightseeing cruises, is about a 15-minute walk from the house. New York Times, "What You Get for $1.8 Million in California," 6 Apr. 2020 The island, only accessible by boat or small aircraft, is frequently covered in fog that delays trips and limits sightseeing opportunities. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Explore 3-D Models of Historic Yukon Structures Threatened by Erosion," 25 Mar. 2020 In one part of New Delhi, President Trump was sightseeing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Democratic Debate, Sabrina Ionescu: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing," 25 Feb. 2020 Ethel Sheffler, who was born in 1921, saw a newspaper ad in 1936 for sightseeing plane rides. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women Airforce Service Pilots are in spotlight in new museum exhibit," 4 Mar. 2020 Then in December 2018, Camila and Charles took a baecation to South Korea to sightsee and spend time with Charles' family. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "9 of the Worst Celebrity Breakups of 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 James, who had been sightseeing in India since Sept. 17, was traveling alone by bus from the town of Badami to the city of Bagalkot, which is 21 miles north, Jagalasar said. Fox News, "Australian tourist, 35, tied up and beaten by Indian mob had allegedly 'misbehaved' around village women," 22 Nov. 2019 In Abashiri alone, about 110,000 people, nearly half of them foreigners, took sightseeing cruises last year across the vast expanse of sea ice. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of sightsee was in 1824

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15 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sightsee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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sight·​see | \ ˈsīt-ˌsē How to pronounce sightsee (audio) \
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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