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

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Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which is partially driven by antiquities sightseeing hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising. Washington Post, "Egypt opens 2 ancient pyramids for first time since 1960s," 14 July 2019 However, many expect to be paid as if nothing happened because tourists thought of their safety, by not sightseeing and staying away. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: One small step for man began with giant leaps of faith of many (7/20/19)," 21 July 2019 The two were believed to have been sightseeing throughout British Columbia when they were killed, said Sgt. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Canadian police investigating double homicide of young couple found dead on Alaska Highway," 20 July 2019 In addition to cool, fresh air and open road known for its scenic overlooks, there are plenty of places to stop and hike or sightsee along the way (like Luray Caverns and Natural Bridge). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places to Go This Summer That Won't Be Full of Tourists," 11 May 2018 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

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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 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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