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sight

noun uk   /saɪt/ us  

sight noun (ABILITY TO SEE)

B1 [U] the ability to see: If your sight is poor, you should not drive a car. The old woman has lost her sight (= has become blind).
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sight noun (VIEW)

B2 [C or S or U] something that is in someone's view: The flowers at the annual flower show were a beautiful sight. You should always keep sight of your bags (= have them where you can see them) while you're at the airport.informal You can't go out in those clothes - you look a real sight (= look untidy or silly)! The child laughed at the sight of (= when she saw) the clockwork toy.formal The lawyer requested sight of (= to see) the papers. I dare not let the children out of my sight (= go where I cannot see them) in this park. The police officer was hidden out of sight (= where he could not be seen) behind a tree. The castle came into sight (= started to be able to be seen) as we went round a bend in the road. We're looking for a house which is within sight of (= from which it is possible to see) the mountains.figurative After three years of campaigning, the end is finally in sight (= will happen soon) for Jon. I caught sight of (= saw for a moment) my former teacher while I was out shopping today, but she turned a corner and I lost sight of (= could no longer see) her. "Do you know David Wilson?" "I haven't met him, but I know him by sight (= I recognize him, but do not know him)."informal She hated/loathed the sight of (= hated) her former husband.informal They used to be very good friends, but now they can't bear/stand the sight of (= hate) each other. The question seemed easy at first sight (= when they first saw it), but when the students tried to answer it, they discovered how difficult it was. the sights B1 places of interest, especially to visitors: We spent a fortnight in Rome looking at all the sights. sight unseen without seeing something first: I never buy anything sight unseen.

sight noun (MUCH)

a sight informal a lot; much: Food is a (darn/damn) sight more expensive than it used to be. He's a sight better than he was yesterday.

sight noun (GUN PART)

[C usually plural] a part of a gun or other device through which you look to help you aim at something: Make sure you line up the sights before you fire the gun.

sight

verb [T] uk   /saɪt/ us  
to suddenly see something or someone: After days at sea, the sailors finally sighted land.
(Definition of sight from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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