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sight

noun  us   /sɑɪt/

sight noun (SEEING)

[U] the ability to see, or the act of seeing something: Machines don’t have a sense of sight. The sight of sick children disturbs her. I know David by sight (= I know what he looks like). Officers arrested the looters on sight (= as soon as they saw them).

sight noun (VIEW)

[C/U] something that is in someone’s view, or the view someone has: [C] The finish line was a welcome sight for the runners. [C] Don’t let the children out of your sight. [U] Keep your bags in sight. [C/U] A sight is also an interesting place: [C] No sights in Moscow are more historic than the Kremlin.

sight noun (GUN PART)

[C] a device, esp. on a gun or telescope (= device for looking at objects that are far away), through which you look to help you aim at something: Locate the target in your sight.

sight

verb [T]  us   /sɑɪt̬/

sight verb [T] (SEE)

to suddenly see something or someone: After several days at sea, the sailors finally sighted land.
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