sight1 W2S2 [saıt] n
1¦(ability to see)¦
2¦(act of seeing)¦
3¦(thing you see)¦
4 in/within sight
5 within/in sight of something
6 in your sights
7 out of sight
8 out of sight, out of mind
9 disappear/vanish from sight
10 come into sight
11 on sight
12 not let somebody out of your sight
13 be sick of/can't stand/hate the sight of somebody/something
14 a sight for sore eyes
15 a (damn/darned/darn) sight more/better etc
16 be a sight
17 sight unseen
18 be a (beautiful, strange, frightening etc) sight to behold
[: Old English; Origin: gesiht]
the physical ability to see
= ↑vision
Anne's sight is very good for someone of her age.
He began to lose his sight six years ago.
an emergency operation to save his sight
You will get a free sight test if you are under 16.
2.) ¦(ACT OF SEEING)¦ [singular, U]
the act of seeing something
sight of
Just the sight of him made her go all weak.
at the sight of sth
Marcie will faint at the sight of blood.
The house is hidden from sight behind trees.
a) something you can see
familiar/common/rare etc sight
Street dentists are a common sight in Pakistan.
As he reached the front door he saw a strange sight.
the sights and sounds of the forest
not a pretty sight atpretty2 (3)
sorry sight atsorry
b) the sights [plural]
famous or interesting places that tourists visit
In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to relax or see the sights .
the sights of
So, Maria's showing you the sights of Copenhagen, is she?
4.) in/within sight
a) inside the area that you can see
I glanced around me quickly. There was no one in sight.
They burned every house in sight .
The boys get home and eat everything in sight .
Since my hotel was within sight, I told him he could go.
b) likely to happen soon
Six months from the start of the strike, there is still no end in sight .
Peace is now in sight.
5.) within/in sight of sth
a) in the area where you can see something
We camped within sight of the lake.
At last they came in sight of the city.
b) in a position where you will soon be able to get something or achieve something
Dan was now within sight of the championship.
6.) in your sights
if you have someone or something in your sights, you intend to achieve it or get it for yourself or to attack them
have sb/sth in your sights
Rogers had victory firmly in his sights.
7.) out of sight
outside the area that you can see
Karen waved until the car was out of sight.
8.) out of sight, out of mind
used to say that people soon stop thinking about other people if they do not see them for a while
9.) disappear/vanish from sight
to disappear
'Will she be all right?' asked Jen as the car disappeared from sight.
10.) come into sight
to appear
when the ship at last came into sight
11.) on sight
as soon as you see someone
The army has been ordered to shoot rebel soldiers on sight .
Jo disliked him on sight.
12.) not let sb out of your sight
to make sure that someone stays near you
Since the accident, Donna hasn't let the children out of her sight.
13.) be sick of/can't stand/hate the sight of sb/sth
to dislike someone or something very much
Alan and Sam can't stand the sight of each other.
Everybody hates the sight of you.
14.) a sight for sore eyesspoken
a) someone or something that you feel very happy to see
b) BrE someone or something that is very unattractive or very funny to look at
15.) a (damn/darned/darn) sight more/better etc informal
a lot more, a lot better etc
I know the place a damn sight better than you do.
You're all going to have to work a darned sight harder.
The old lady is a sight cleverer than Sarah.
16.) be a sight also look a sight
to look very funny or stupid, or very untidy or unpleasant
We'd had an all-night party, and the place looked a bit of a sight.
17.) sight unseen
if you buy or choose something sight unseen, you do it without looking at the thing first
I can't believe you would rent a place sight unseen.
18.) be a (beautiful, strange, frightening etc) sight to behold
formal used to emphasize that something or someone looks very unusual, for example because they are very beautiful, strange, or frightening
His garden was a sight to behold.
His face was not a pleasant sight to behold.
barrel, ↑sight, ↑trigger
19.) ¦(GUN)¦ [C usually plural]
the part of a gun or other weapon that guides your eye when you are aiming at something
at first sight atfirst1 (6), know sb by sight atknow1 (3), lose sight of sth atlose, set your mind/sights/heart on (doing) sth atset1 (13)
sight 2
sight2 v [T]
to see something from a long distance away, or see something you have been looking for
The sailors gave a shout of joy when they sighted land .
Several rare birds have been sighted in the area.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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