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noun sight pronunciation in American English /saɪt/ 
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pluralsights
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ability to see using your eyes

    I'm having laser treatment to improve my sight.

    Wolf spiders hunt mainly by sight.

    1. a.
      the act of seeing something
      sight of:

      I can't stand the sight of blood.

      know someone by sight (=to know someone when you see them):

      I don't know him personally, but I know him by sight.

      at first sight (=when you first look at someone or something):

      It was love at first sight, and they got married two weeks later.

      on sight (=immediately after you see someone or something):

      The captain ordered us to shoot any strangers on sight.

    2. b.
      any place that you can see from where you are
      disappear from sight:

      The rocket disappeared from sight.

      hidden from sight:

      Her hands were hidden from sight beneath the blanket.

      within sight of something:

      The ship sank within sight of the harbor.

    3. c.
      the fact that you can see something
      catch sight of someone/something (=to suddenly see them):

      As she stood up she caught sight of her reflection in the mirror.

      See also  lose
    See also  second sight
  2. 2

    sights

    [plural] interesting places that people go to see
    see the sights:

    We enjoyed seeing the sights of San Francisco.

    the sights and sounds:

    Experience the sights and sounds of Victorian London.

  3. 3
    [singular] a person or thing that you see that has a particular feature

    Windmills are a common sight in this part of the country.

    a rare/wonderful sight

  4. 4
    [singular] a person or place that is very unusual, messy, or unpleasant to look at

    The store was quite a sight after the flood.

    See also  pretty2
  5. 5
    [countable] [usually plural] the part of a gun or other piece of equipment that you look through in order to aim it
    1. a.

      sights

      [plural] an intention to have or to achieve something
      set/fix your sights on something:

      The team has set its sights on the national championship.

      have your sights set on something:

      She clearly has her sights set on a top job.

      lower your sights:

      You should lower your sights and accept less money.

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