- sight ► NOUN 1) the faculty or power of seeing. 2) the action or fact of seeing someone or something. 3) the area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen. 4) a thing that one sees or that can be seen. 5) (sights) places of interest to tourists and other visitors. 6) (a sight) informal a person or thing having a ridiculous or unattractive appearance. 7) (also sights) a device on a gun or optical instrument used for assisting in precise aim or observation.► VERB 1) manage to see or briefly observe. 2) take aim by looking through the sights of a gun. 3) take a detailed visual measurement with a sight. 4) adjust the sight of (a gun or optical instrument).● at first sight — Cf. ↑at first sight● catch sight of — Cf. ↑catch sight of● in sight — Cf. ↑in sight● in (or within) sight of — Cf. ↑within sight of● in (or within) one's sights — Cf. ↑within one's sights● lose sight of — Cf. ↑lose sight of● on (or at) sight — Cf. ↑on sight● out of sight — Cf. ↑out of sight● out of sight, out of mind — Cf. ↑out of sight, out of mind● raise (or lower) one's sights — Cf. ↑raise one's sights● set one's sights on — Cf. ↑set one's sights on● a sight — Cf. ↑a sight● a sight for sore eyes — Cf. ↑a sight for sore eyesDERIVATIVES sighter noun sighting noun.ORIGIN Old English.
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