Definition of sight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    sight

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    noun
    BrE BrE//saɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪt//
     
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    ability to see
  1. 1  [uncountable] the ability to see synonym eyesight to lose your sight (= to become blind) She has very good sight. The disease has affected her sight. He has very little sight in his right eye.
  2. act of seeing
  3. 2  [uncountable] sight of somebody/something the act of seeing somebody/something After ten days at sea, we had our first sight of land. I have been known to faint at the sight of blood. The soldiers were given orders to shoot on sight (= as soon as they saw somebody). She caught sight of a car in the distance. The mere sight of him makes me want to scream.
  4. how far you can see
  5. 3  [uncountable] the area or distance within which somebody can see or something can be seen There was no one in sight. They stole everything in sight. At last we came in sight of a few houses. A bicycle came into sight on the main road. The end is in sight (= will happen soon). Leave any valuables in your car out of sight. Keep out of sight (= stay where you cannot be seen). She never lets her daughter out of her sight (= always keeps her where she can see her). Get out of my sight! (= Go away!) The boat disappeared from sight. The house was hidden from sight behind some trees. He had placed himself directly in my line of sight. Synonymssightview visionThese are all words for the area or distance that you can see from a particular position.sight the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:He looked up the street, but there was no one in sight. Leave any valuables in your car out of sight.view (rather formal) the area or distance that you can see from a particular position:The lake soon came into view.vision the area that you can see from a particular position:The couple moved outside her field of vision (= total area you can see from a particular position).sight, view or vision? View is more literary than sight or vision. It is the only word for talking about how well you can see:I didn’t have a good sight/​vision of the stage. Vision must always be used with a possessive pronoun:my/​his/​her etc. (field of) vision. It is not used with the prepositions in, into and out of that are very frequent with sight and view:There was nobody in vision. A tall figure came into vision.Patterns in/​out of sight/​view in/​within sight/​view of something to come into/​disappear from sight/​view/​somebody’s vision to come in sight/​view of somebody/​something to block somebody’s view/​vision somebody’s line of sight/​vision somebody’s field of view/​vision
  6. what you can see
  7. 4  [countable] a thing that you see or can see It's a spectacular sight as the flamingos lift into the air. The museum attempts to recreate the sights and sounds of wartime Britain. He was a sorry sight, soaked to the skin and shivering. The bird is now a rare sight in this country. He became a familiar sight on the streets of Oxford. Synonymsviewsight scene panoramaThese are all words for a thing that you can see, especially from a particular place.view what you can see from a particular place or position, especially beautiful natural scenery:The cottage had a delightful sea view.sight a thing that you see or can see, especially something that is impressive or unusual:It’s a spectacular sight as the flamingos lift into the air.scene a view that you see, especially one with people and/​or animals moving about and doing things:It was a delightful rural scene.panorama a view of a wide area of land:The tower offers a breathtaking panorama of Prague.Patterns a view/​panorama of something a beautiful/​breathtaking view/​sight/​scene/​panorama a magnificent/​spectacular view/​sight/​panorama to take in the view/​sight/​scene to admire the view/​sight
  8. interesting places
  9. 5  sights [plural] the interesting places, especially in a town or city, that are often visited by tourists We're going to Paris for the weekend to see the sights. It's best if you can get someone local to show you the sights. See related entries: Types of holiday/vacation
  10. ridiculous/untidy person
  11. 6a sight [singular] (informal, especially British English) a person or thing that looks ridiculous, untidy, unpleasant, etc. She looks a sight in that hat!
  12. on gun/telescope
  13. 7[countable, usually plural] a device that you look through to aim a gun, etc. or to look at something through a telescope, etc. He had the deer in his sights now. (figurative) Even as a young actress, she always had Hollywood firmly in her sights (= as her final goal).
  14. Word Origin Old English (ge)sihth ‘something seen’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zicht and German Gesicht ‘sight, face, appearance’.Extra examples After failing to get into university, he lowered his sights and got a job in a shop. An appalling sight greeted her. Dan’s face was a welcome sight. He didn’t shoot until he had a clear sight of the goal. He fixed the deer in his sights and pulled the trigger. He kept out of sight behind a pillar. He looked at first sight like a tourist. He really did look a sorry sight, his hair tangled and his clothing covered in feathers. He really did look a sorry sight, with his clothes covered in mud. He says he wants to win the trophy, but I think he’s setting his sights too high. He tried to break into a car in full sight of a policeman. He won’t let the children leave his sight. He’s lost the sight of one eye. Her father was nowhere in sight. Her knees went weak at the sight of him. Her staff of 30 work in an industrial loft within sight of Logan Airport. His sight returned by degrees. I bought it, sight unseen. I can’t stand the sight of blood. I hid the papers from sight. I think my sight is beginning to go. I witnessed the awful sight of children drinking dirty water from puddles. I’m not a pretty sight when I get out of bed in the morning. It was love at first sight. Keep their car in sight for as long as you can. Let’s get out of the hotel and see the sights. Rossi has the defending champion in her sights in tomorrow’s race. She has her sights set on becoming a writer. She has very little sight in her left eye. She kept sight of him in her mirror. She suddenly caught sight of the look on her mother’s face. She turned her sights on Florida’s adoption laws. She was now standing just out of his line of sight. She watched until the car disappeared from sight. Soldiers have been ordered to shoot looters on sight. Thankfully, we were spared the sight of his naked body. The cricket ground was situated within sight of both village pubs. The end is in sight. The mere sight of her sitting there made his heart beat faster. The military parade was quite a sight. The movie is filled with dozens of funny sight gags. The sights and sounds of the city distracted her from her work. The surgeons battled to save her sight. The violence continues with no end in sight. Then the towers of the castle came into sight. They waited until the enemy was in plain sight. This disease is the main cause of sight loss among those aged 50 and over. This is a sight not often seen on concert stages in this country. Tom was a pretty familiar sight around the casino. We will soon get our first sight of the Statue of Liberty. We’ve shared an office for too long and we’re sick of the sight of each other. Whatever you do, don’t let them out of your sight! Who does not enjoy the sight and sounds of birds in the country? You look a sight in that hat! You’d better stay out of sight until they go. to align the sights on the target Don’t let him out of your sight. Get out of my sight! He had placed himself directly in my line of sight. He looked up the street, but there was no one in sight. He strode by, in full sight of the guards. He was a sorry sight, soaked to the skin and shivering. I always faint at the sight of blood. I know her by sight. It’s a spectacular sight as the flamingos lift into the air. Leave any valuables in your car out of sight. The boat disappeared from sight. The museum attempts to recreate the sights and sounds of wartime Britain. The soldiers were given orders to shoot on sight.Idioms
    1. 1  when you first begin to consider something At first sight, it may look like a generous offer, but always read the small print.
    2. 2  when you see somebody/something for the first time It was love at first sight (= we fell in love the first time we saw each other). We fell in love with the house at first sight.
    hate, be sick of, etc. the sight of somebody/something
     
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    (informal) to hate, etc. somebody/something very much I can't stand the sight of him!
    (formal) (especially of ships) to appear, especially when moving gradually closer from a long way off A ship hove into sight. Like a galleon in full sail, Cara hove into view. Hove is usually used for the past tense and past participle in this idiom. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
    in the sight of somebody/in somebody’s sight
     
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    (formal) in somebody’s opinion We are all equal in the sight of God.
    to recognize somebody without knowing them well
      lose sight of somebody/something
       
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    1. 1to become no longer able to see somebody/something They finally lost sight of land.
    2. 2to stop considering something; to forget something We must not lose sight of our original aim.
    (humorous) not pleasant to look at You should have seen him in his swimming trunks—not a pretty sight!
    nowhere to be found/seen, nowhere in sight
     
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    impossible for anyone to find or see The children were nowhere to be seen. A peace settlement is nowhere in sight (= is not likely in the near future).
    out of sight, out of mind
     
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    (saying) used to say somebody will quickly be forgotten when they are no longer with you
    raise/lower your sights
     
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    to expect more/less from a situation If they can’t afford such a big house, they’ll just have to lower their sights a little.
    set your sights on something/on doing something
     
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    to decide that you want something and to try very hard to get it She's set her sights on getting into Harvard. I had set my sights on a career in journalism.
    a (damn, etc.) sight better, etc., a (damn, etc.) sight too good, etc.
     
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    (informal) very much better; much too good, etc. She's done a darn sight better than I have. It's worth a damn sight more than I thought.
    (informal) a person or thing that you are pleased to see; something that is very pleasant to look at if you buy something sight unseen, you do not have an opportunity to see it before you buy it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sight