Definition of sight in English:



  • 1mass noun The faculty or power of seeing.

    ‘Joseph lost his sight as a baby’
    as modifier ‘a sight test’
    • ‘And earth, being the final element, contains all the five qualities of sound, touch, sight, taste and smell.’
    • ‘Our brain gets stimulatory inputs through the special sensory stimuli of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste.’
    • ‘Soon after being taken in by a kind couple, she's predicting the fate of various folk in the town, having gained special powers since losing her sight.’
    • ‘Her already improved sight and hearing were improved five-fold.’
    • ‘However, to watch the players in action you would think that Poll had completely lost the power of sight and moral judgement.’
    • ‘So in addition to the usual five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, the mental function is counted as the sixth.’
    • ‘The factors which operate to make the case one for awarding more than average are physical pain and any diminution in the powers of speech, sight or hearing.’
    • ‘To fully appreciate the complexity of wine, the senses of sight, smell, taste and even touch must be employed.’
    • ‘In humans taste is one of the five senses (along with sight, touch, smell, and hearing).’
    • ‘The disease usually does not affect the senses - taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing - or the mind.’
    • ‘Likewise, the quality of each sense perception is embodied as a sense consciousness - sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.’
    • ‘Crocodilians' senses of smell, sight, and hearing are well developed.’
    • ‘But there is one peculiarity about his power of sight.’
    • ‘All distress, annoyance, frustration, vexation and so on is a reaction to things perceived through the senses, usually of sight or hearing.’
    • ‘Choosing whole fish is a sensory experience that involves touch, sight and smell.’
    • ‘It is a good idea to check your home for hazards that you may trip over, such as trailing wires, and to make sure you have regular sight and hearing tests.’
    • ‘He also reports the view that it is the brain that furnishes the sensations of hearing, sight and smell.’
    • ‘Through our senses of touch and sight, it is a way of making intuitive information available to us.’
    • ‘Now a 10-minute sight test could prove to be the long-awaited breakthrough.’
    • ‘This can apply to people of any age but, for the over 60s specifically, they should take advantage of the free sight tests available every two years.’
    eyesight, vision, eyes, faculty of sight, power of sight, ability to see, visual perception, observation
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    1. 1.1 The action or fact of seeing someone or something.
      ‘I've always been scared of the sight of blood’
      • ‘That emotion was the only thing that kept Paris from retching; she was still a young angel, this was her very first sight of blood.’
      • ‘The sight of the blood and the use of the blade were obviously the key to his sexuality, according to forensic psychologists.’
      • ‘Shana was the first to recover from the disturbing sight of blood trickling through Krist's fingers.’
      • ‘The sight of the blood had been enough, but all the gory was too much for her to bear.’
      • ‘The sight of blood set her heart racing and she had the urge to throw something else at the woman.’
      • ‘The sight of Noel, looking so much more the girlfriend I'd always wanted than Abby ever had, melted my heart.’
      • ‘Scotty glanced about for any sight of the East Team before answering.’
      • ‘At the first sight of blood the man changed channels to find the game show that he usually watched in the late afternoon.’
      • ‘Ebony gasped at the sudden sight of blood and backed away.’
      • ‘The sight of the blood no longer bothered me; I had seen far too much blood in my twenty years.’
      • ‘Yet worse then all that was the fact that the very sight of him made her hunger for his touch all over again…’
      • ‘The sight of her eyes constantly shifting from blue to gold did nothing to calm him.’
      • ‘The sight of blood could set some people into hysterics.’
      • ‘We had not one look, glance, sight, glimpse, sound, whisper, touch, tap, smell, scent.’
      • ‘Reese cringed at the extreme sight of blood.’
      • ‘The sight of the Look Out being lashed in the way that it was is a memory that will stay with me forever.’
      • ‘The sight of him looking like the homeless person he actually was joins the iconic images of our time.’
      • ‘The sight of blood flowing from his lip and nose was almost too much.’
      • ‘She knew this bliss could not have lasted long, unfortunately, for she awoke at the expected sight of blood.’
      • ‘The sight of Midge shot blood to every corner of his being, drowning his pain further with each heartbeat.’
      view, glimpse, seeing, glance at, look at
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    2. 1.2 The area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen.
      ‘he now refused to let Rose out of his sight’
      • ‘I watched as her shadow fled from my sight before looking down at the cloth to finish folding it into a little compress.’
      • ‘In fact, your teenager will be out of your sight most of the time.’
      • ‘The line was almost within sight, less than 1km away on a crowd-lined finishing straight in central Nancy.’
      • ‘Sheldon still walks her dogs in the forest, but is more apprehensive about letting the animals out of her sight when in the area.’
      • ‘She shook her head not even bothering to ask where he was off to, but as soon as he had disappeared from her sight, curiosity got a hold of her.’
      • ‘The castle loomed above us, within sight, but we could not summon enough energy to convince each other to go up there.’
      • ‘The crew also said they fired flares when another boat came within sight, but that it did not stop for them.’
      • ‘Partners had to remain within sight and be on hand to witness recordings of any fish caught.’
      • ‘Before leaving my sight, Itrenore looked back one last time and smiled at me.’
      • ‘The only thing within sight was a figure off in the distance.’
      • ‘Continue your activities, paying no attention to your child but remaining within sight.’
      • ‘I got up quickly when I realized, but Faith was, oddly enough, not within my sight.’
      • ‘If your child wants you to stay, but you do not want to watch the procedure, step back, but stay within your child's sight.’
      • ‘The men were drowned within sight and sound and near touching distance of frantic relatives.’
      • ‘For some time now dog snatching has been prevalent in our area and all dogs should be within sight at all times.’
      • ‘At least there, they hadn't needed to be close at all times, just within sight.’
      • ‘When his cottage is out of her sight, she looks at the grass and cries an ocean of tears as she reaches her cottage within four hours.’
      • ‘Indeed, you can find some marvellous fishing within sight and sound of Copenhagen airport itself.’
      • ‘Seattle is still within sight to the northeast, and the snowcapped Olympic Mountains rise just above the wing to the west.’
      • ‘Although they were clearly within sight, they seemed very distant and remote.’
      range of vision, field of vision, view
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    3. 1.3dated A person's view or consideration.
      ‘we are all equal in the sight of God’
      • ‘Nothing but nothing justifies suicide bombing - the life of every Israeli child is of equal value and as precious in the sight of God as that of every Palestinian child.’
      • ‘Vigilance and piety prevailed over the brute force of nature, and Juliet and John are married in the sight of God as well as of the State of New Jersey.’
      • ‘Vows declaring two individuals permanently one in the sight of God, a bond no one may put asunder, are taken as mostly a quaint rhetoric or archaic poetry.’
      • ‘The prelude to this is the acknowledgement that all people are equal in the sight of God, which is the enduring logic for the juridical equality of all citizens.’
      • ‘The first step on the road to heaven for each of us is to realize our true spiritual state in the sight of God.’
      perception, judgement, belief, opinion, point of view, view, viewpoint, outlook, observation
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  • 2A thing that one sees or that can be seen.

    ‘John was a familiar sight in the bar for many years’
    ‘he was getting used to seeing unpleasant sights’
    • ‘Neil turned away from the dark sight outside, and looked at Sean.’
    • ‘Sanchen was unsure how large this desert was, and looking upon the intimidating sight now, he wasn't sure he wanted to know.’
    • ‘Over the next three years, the bus became a familiar sight to local residents, was visited by the Queen, and won a national award presented by Princess Anne.’
    • ‘Elizabeth muttered as she looked upon the horrible sight below her.’
    • ‘Traditional Dutch street organs are a familiar sight in Holland as you would expect, but Territorians don't have to travel overseas to see and hear them.’
    • ‘Since then, whether walking her dog or pulling luggage through an airport, she has become a familiar sight on television.’
    • ‘It's a familiar sight in the middle of the Christmas table or perhaps in a living room window, but their creator explains that one of the four candles should be lit during each week of December.’
    • ‘Malevolent in appearance as it hovers menacingly in the spring skies, the Apache attack helicopter will soon be a familiar sight over Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Pickup autos with colourful stockpiles weaving through the congested National Highway at Karamana or Pulimood are a familiar sight.’
    • ‘He was a familiar sight at Heaton's Corner in Castlebar back in the mid-1970s and 1980s.’
    • ‘She turned her gaze away from the transfixing sight before her and glanced to Cinaed, who was half-dozing in a chair.’
    • ‘The Opel wasn't in a good state - it looked a very sad sight, a bit like that very battered car they used in Starsky and Hutch.’
    • ‘Flat-chested and tall, it wasn't exactly a very amusing sight to look at.’
    • ‘For many years, until ill health prevented him, Mr Moore was a familiar sight behind his tray of poppies in Regent Street in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.’
    • ‘A familiar sight, almost opposite Bedford Hospital, is the Britannia Works archway, the area behind which has been wasteland for at least ten years.’
    • ‘And Moses said, ‘I must go and look at this strange sight and see why the bush isn't burnt.’’
    • ‘They used to be a familiar sight in cities including London, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.’
    • ‘Police are becoming a familiar sight in a Trowbridge school as part of a new initiative in the town.’
    • ‘The Tahitian Princess is a familiar sight off Avatiu harbour - according to Fallon the ship calls here about every two weeks.’
    • ‘Frowning, he leaned forward for a closer look at the bizarre sight.’
    1. 2.1sights Places of interest to tourists and visitors in a city, town, or other place.
      ‘she offered to show me the sights’
      • ‘Telling China's stories from the past it is home to many of the must-see tourist sights.’
      • ‘Though it covers less than a third of the total delta area, this southern section is where most of the tourist sights and facilities are concentrated.’
      • ‘The churches of Nazareth were mentioned as tourist sights, shown to guests before the beginning of Intifada, but not as places of symbolic value.’
      • ‘There are very few conventional tourist sights in Johannesburg.’
      • ‘They would like to spend time on a beach and hire a car to visit interesting cities and sights.’
      • ‘Usually, it is the final stop of foreign tourists looking for pretty sights and interesting places to the north of Varna.’
      • ‘They want McDonald's to take down the outsize golden arches that obscure some of the city's tourist sights.’
      • ‘For a tourist, these sights might appear romantic and exotic.’
      • ‘In Trainspotting, Begbie's blood boils at the backpackers who see the sights of the city centre but are blind to the blighted landscape of its surrounding schemes.’
      • ‘Whenever, I visit Jamaica I like to experience the best of two worlds, the commercial tourist sights and old familiar places.’
      • ‘Leave Manneken to the other tourists and head off to visit the city's unmissable sights.’
      • ‘The five-hour trip is a wonderful exploration of interesting villages, forests, restaurants and other city sights.’
      • ‘Then I decided to become a tourist and see the sights.’
      • ‘We wandered aimlessly around Paris for three days just going to all these different tourist sights in the days and in the evenings we'd live the night life.’
      • ‘Foreigners pay 10 times the locals at tourist sights, whilst it is still small in relative terms - it begins to grate on you.’
      • ‘Most of the city's top tourist sights lie within a single wide bend in the river.’
      • ‘The route starts and finishes at Pudsey Park and will take in some of the town's historic sights including the Moravian settlement at Fulneck.’
      • ‘All are encouraged to come along and view the sights of a fascinating continent.’
      • ‘An optional dazzling Dutch capital tour gives you the best of the city's sights with a canal cruise included and a visit to a diamond factory.’
      • ‘The main tourist sights are in the Old City on the European side of Istanbul and the easiest way of getting there is to take the light rail system.’
      landmark, place of interest, thing worth seeing, feature, distinctive feature, prominent feature, monument, spectacle, scene, view, area, landscape, display, show, exhibition, curiosity, rarity, beauty, marvel, wonder, splendour
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    2. 2.2a sightinformal A person or thing having a ridiculous, repulsive, or dishevelled appearance.
      ‘‘I must look a frightful sight,’ she said’
      • ‘Clad in my nightgown and untied work boots, I must have been a sight.’
      • ‘I must have been a sight in my blood stained wedding dress and shoes that were still oddly contorted from the crash.’
      eyesore, spectacle, monstrosity, horror, mess
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  • 3usually sightsA device on a gun or optical instrument used for assisting a person's precise aim or observation.

    ‘there were reports of a man on the roof aiming a rifle and looking through its sights’
    • ‘Optical sights are not only faster in acquiring a target, but they are also more precise in hitting it than iron sights.’
    • ‘There are backup open sights in case the optical sight becomes damaged or is removed.’
    • ‘He climbed a tree he was next to, a tall, thick one that looked out of place, and slowly rotated his sight around, looking for something.’
    • ‘The missile and sights can be dismounted and used with the tripod if necessary.’
    • ‘The Soviets and Russians have consistently designed sniper weapons with open sights readily usable under the scope.’
    • ‘A shipborne version consists of a launcher for six Ataka missiles with stabilised optical sight.’
    • ‘The basic RBS 70 comprises the missile in a launch container, a tripod firing stand and an optical sight.’
    • ‘Today's armoured battle might take place at night, using thermal imaging devices that are in many ways better than optical sights even on a clear day.’
    • ‘Soon there were all sorts of optical sights, lights and lasers hanging on the gun.’
    • ‘Betsy was out in a flash, and my experienced gunslinger's hand trained the weapon's sights on the killer.’
    • ‘The receiver is of the flat-top variety with an accessory rail that is adaptable to most optical sights.’
    • ‘The mob were about 100-strong with automatic weapons, sniper sights and Makarov pistols.’
    • ‘The sights are typical Kalashnikov, and more than adequate for their intended usage.’
    • ‘There are many schools of thought on the combat use of the Aimpoint and similar optical sights.’
    • ‘With a global positioning system, thermal weapon sights and other gadgets, a soldier can immediately identify friends and enemies and see where his shots will hit.’
    • ‘While at Strathalbyn he became an expert at making rifle sights and gun stocks as well as colouring rifle and gun barrels.’
    • ‘This rifle has a standard 10X daylight scope, but it can also be fitted with a variety of other optical sights.’
    • ‘And they said the same things but they added that some of their weapons, thermal sights and night vision devices needed updating.’
    • ‘The attachment variation is 16.5 inches in length and uses the host weapon's sights.’
    • ‘Jason had lifted his rifle to his shoulder and was pointing it at the back of the receding keeper, using the optical sight of his rifle as a telescope.’


  • 1with object Manage to see or observe (someone or something); catch an initial glimpse of.

    ‘tell me when you sight London Bridge’
    • ‘Usually, blue whales are sighted near the poles or at the equator.’
    • ‘On sighting a pod of sperm whales, the Essex lowered her boats and gave pursuit.’
    • ‘When one observer sighted a whale or whales at the surface, the other would record data.’
    • ‘Anyone who sighted this car or who has information regarding it should contact the Garda Station Aclare.’
    • ‘About three months ago, one person sighted him, but his tale was dismissed as that of a crazy person.’
    • ‘Once prey is sighted it is caught by a short, steep dive from the perch.’
    • ‘Twelve days after the tests began, a three-month-old humpback whale calf was sighted without its mother for at least five hours and displayed unusual behaviour.’
    • ‘The second, with the highest passage rate, was on 3-5 June, when 70 new whales were sighted.’
    • ‘In the first 10 days of May, no bowheads were sighted in the observation area.’
    • ‘And whale watching is becoming a popular attraction; sperm whales are regularly sighted off the west coast, as are humpbacks.’
    • ‘Cuckoos were sighted and heard mostly at Los Naranjos at the beginning of June in the middle of the rainy season.’
    • ‘I walked out of the hospital and around the parking lot until I finally sighted Greg's car.’
    • ‘The second of the three points that was highlighted by his Honour was that the first respondent failed to cease operating when he sighted blood.’
    • ‘Whales are often sighted in the early part of the year and we were lucky enough to spot schools of dolphins on the surface.’
    • ‘One of the distinguishing aspects of the car was the fact it was a left-hand drive, which may jog the memory of those who sighted the car in the Tullow area.’
    • ‘As they sighted the cliffs of Dover, they also spotted another ship.’
    • ‘Since this bird finds a perfect camouflage in the evergreen forests, spotting or sighting it is near impossible.’
    • ‘When a scout has sighted a rhino he radios the camp and interested parties then drive and walk to where the [usually sleeping] rhino has been seen.’
    • ‘She was sighted by a British aircraft, picked up again by the destroyer Sheffield, and in the evening attacked by a swarm of aircraft from the carrier Ark Royal.’
    • ‘Upon sighting the wreck, he also spotted three groups of survivors.’
    glimpse, catch a glimpse of, get a glimpse of, catch sight of, see, spot, spy, notice, observe, make out, pick out, detect, have sight of
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  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Take aim by looking through the sights of a gun.

    ‘she sighted down the barrel’
    • ‘He placed the butt against his shoulder and sighted down the barrels.’
    • ‘Charlie raised the carbine to his shoulder and sighted on the cowboy with the rifle.’
    • ‘You should be sighting over your hand to the base of the tree and, without moving anything but your eye, sighting over the top of the stick to the top of the tree.’
    • ‘She sighted down her own weapon's barrel and took aim at another guard.’
    • ‘Taking a deep breath, she sighted, fired it at a high arc and then waited.’
    • ‘He sighted over the barrel of his Winchester and blew apart the skull of the drone nearest to him.’
    • ‘I muttered a brief prayer to the Ever Living One that we would be delivered unto safety, raised the pistol, sighted round the door and fired.’
    • ‘Lifting the miniature but deadly weapon, Durlann sighted along its length.’
    • ‘I yelped and drew my pistol out of its holster faster than I have ever drawn in my life, raised the weapon and sighted down the barrel.’
    • ‘He sighted down the barrel and lined his aim.’
    • ‘His stepson, Casey Ericksen, was sighting in a new rifle.’
    • ‘He sighted through the ports, giving the order to fire.’
    • ‘Kari raised her bow and sighted along the arrow.’
    • ‘And they do look very small, especially when sighting down the barrel of a sixgun.’
    • ‘Clamping a hand over her wounded abdomen, T. quickly sighted and fired, finishing off her already wounded attacker.’
    • ‘The big man brought his rifle about with blinding speed, sighted along the rail and optical sight, and let off a round.’
    • ‘I sighted carefully down the barrel of my pistol and fired.’
    • ‘To emphasise her point, she picked up her rifle, sighted and fired in one motion, neatly clipping off the end of a branch high overhead, sending it and its leaves fluttering down about them.’
    • ‘Quickly, he brought his rifle around and sighted on her.’
    • ‘Grimm leveled his confiscated weapon at the blue-clad human, sighting down its length.’
    1. 2.1 Take a detailed visual measurement of something with or as with a sight.
      ‘he had to sight along the planks in the proper order to get the line right’
      • ‘You can also check the alignment of the posts in one direction by sighting from one end of the row of posts to the other.’
    2. 2.2with object Adjust the sight of (a firearm or optical instrument)
      ‘even when using binoculars, it is difficult to sight the lens angle in reverse’
      • ‘Your rifle has been carefully sighted, and will shoot into 2 inches at 200 yards.’
      • ‘Adjustment knobs allow the rifle to be sighted in at, say, 100 yards and then reset to zero.’
      • ‘The point is that an accurate rifle, properly sighted in, will help every shooter, regardless of skill level, make the most of the skill he has.’
      • ‘The CCO, when properly sighted, provides an added measure of accuracy in a reflexive fire environment where a split second is all it takes to decide between life and death.’
      • ‘By 1900 all European armies were equipped with infantry rifles sighted up to 1,000 yards and lethally accurate at half that range.’
      • ‘With the center crosshairs sighted at 200 yards, groups at 500 yards centered four to five inches low using the 500-yard aiming point.’


On the confusion of sight and site, see site


  • catch (or get a) sight of

    • Glimpse for a moment; suddenly notice.

      ‘when she caught sight of him she smiled’
      • ‘Suddenly, your catch sight of the advertising placard behind the table.’
      • ‘Before closing my eyes I catch sight of a notice posted on the dormitory door.’
      • ‘We had been waiting a long-time for this moment, unable to turn our heads without catching sight of a poster advertising this year's summer blockbuster.’
      • ‘The nomads, he said, were intensely jealous of strange men catching sight of their womenfolk, so I should stay in the Landcruiser while he advanced half way across the scrub.’
      • ‘Juen's eyes widened when they caught sight of what was happening up the mountain.’
      • ‘She picked up a basket of roses and began arranging them in a vase, catching sight of Jamie after a moment.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he caught sight of his reflection in the mirror and gasped in horror.’
      • ‘From the moment he catches sight of him, intensely inhaling a cigarette, he is captivated by his every move.’
      • ‘Somehow my eyes caught sight of the heaps of dust lying in the corners of the room.’
      • ‘As I passed each mirror in the house I caught sight of what looked like a ghost, pale and tortured.’
      glimpse, catch a glimpse of, get a glimpse of, see, spot, spy, notice, observe, make out, discern, pick out, sight, detect, have sight of
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  • in sight

    • 1Visible.

      ‘no other vehicle was in sight’
      • ‘Above me, other divers were swimming with a purpose; they obviously had a dolphin in sight.’
      • ‘Sometimes on a country road you hit the traffic flow just right and find yourself in a kind of moving bubble where there are no other vehicles in sight fore or aft.’
      • ‘The only thing in sight was a large blue van, obviously there to transport my team.’
      • ‘They can easily turn into mobs, stoning everything in sight, private vehicles not excluded.’
      • ‘I always signal, even if there's no other vehicle or person in sight.’
      • ‘After the Cessna pilot reported the jet in sight, the tower cleared the Cessna for takeoff.’
      • ‘The sky was pitch black and surprisingly there was not a cloud in sight, just a clear, beautiful sky.’
      • ‘I sit at the bar with a pint of export and it must be obvious to everyone in sight that I'm still fuming.’
      • ‘When the inn was in sight, her view was suddenly blocked by a bulky figure.’
      • ‘It was like a scene from a bygone era one of Bexley's busiest roads and not a vehicle in sight.’
      perceptible, perceivable, seeable, observable, noticeable, easily seen, detectable, discernible, recognizable, in view, in sight, on view, on display
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      1. 1.1Near at hand; close to being achieved or realized.
        ‘the minister insisted that agreement was in sight’
        • ‘There appears to be no end in sight to the indefinite strike at Rossington Colliery, near Doncaster.’
        • ‘Today, there's no price relief in sight for motorists at the bowser.’
        • ‘However, a few people find themselves suffering these unpleasant effects apparently without an end in sight.’
        • ‘You've had forward deployed troops for over a decade with no end in sight.’
        • ‘Now hostilities are going to take longer than thought, and with no clear disengagement in sight.’
        • ‘On the other hand, war fatigue and the exhaustion with unending violence with no end in sight is also a reality.’
        • ‘The pain is still there but relief is obviously in sight.’
        • ‘The problem is there is no obvious solution in sight to the current global crisis.’
        • ‘With a mutually acceptable resolution apparently not in sight, the dean wrote to the professor.’
        • ‘A grandiose scandal was sparked - with no end in sight in the near future.’
  • in (or within) sight of

    • 1So as to see or be seen from.

      ‘I climbed the hill and came in sight of the house’
      • ‘He still denies murdering eight-year-old stepdaughter Zoe and dumping her body in a badger sett on a hill within sight of the family's home in Pepper Place.’
      • ‘A second Roll of Honour, listing 52 names, was placed in the Chapel of Remembrance at the South Stoneham Cemetery, in 1991, within sight of the place where so many good people lost their lives.’
      • ‘She got within sight of the first hill she had climbed and that's when she saw the car.’
      • ‘What a delight it was, to see interracial couples strolling unselfconsciously through the merry crowds - there on East Battery, within sight of Fort Sumter itself!’
      • ‘Most visitors choose to bunk up within sight of the 800-year-old ruins that adorn the headland above the beach - thus leaving the hinterland pretty much deserted, and waiting for you and me.’
      • ‘Apart from 16 years when Mr Merritt lived at Potterne, he spent all his life within sight of Roundway Hill.’
      • ‘Some also spoke of their fears of a strange cave situated down the hill from the fort and within sight of the great rock that the Brigantes called the Table of the Lizards.’
      • ‘‘I have noticed an increase of waste and sewage refuse which is suffocating not only the fish, but those of us who once thought we were privileged to live within sight of the river,’ said Mr Kaye.’
      • ‘I feel I know more about Arsenal's new stadium eight miles across town than I do about what's going on within sight of my place.’
      • ‘International and local journalists gathered with other friends of Helene earlier Thursday to lay flowers at the site of his death, which is within sight of Gbagbo's offices in downtown Abidjan.’
      1. 1.1Within reach of; close to attaining.
        ‘he was safe for the moment and in sight of victory’
        • ‘Wales' Becky Morgan, who has also come within sight of a first win in America, was the leading British player after a topsy-turvy final round of 69 that secured a tie for 15th.’
        • ‘Charlestown, within sight of ending their losing sequence, had their expectations dashed by a late Ballinrobe surge, in this third round fixture at Charlestown on Saturday evening.’
        • ‘Carolynne, 23, and Alistair, 25, are now within sight of the prize and an end to 10 gruelling weeks battling first to get into the academy and then singing every week to survive.’
        • ‘Ebdon kept himself in contention with a magnificent 123 break in the eighth but Gray won a scrappy ninth to move to within sight of the 82,500 first prize.’
        • ‘Glen Chapple's six for 66 at Hove put troubled Lancashire in sight of victory over Sussex.’
        • ‘Daniel was unbeaten at the close, in sight of his eighth first-class century - but Western Province are still 187 behind going into the final day.’
        • ‘Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski maintained their unbeaten doubles record in the competition to put Britain within sight of a memorable victory in the first-round World Group tie.’
        • ‘Riki Wessels, the son of Northants coach Kepler, made a promising 26 and Damien Wright weighed in with 32 as the home side closed within sight of a full hand of batting points.’
        • ‘Both he and Knight fell to catches by Flower, but Bell and Troughton played some wonderful cricket to take Warwickshire to within sight of victory.’
        • ‘The Castlerea midfielder fired over four points in a row from a variety of angles and difficulties to bring his side within sight of their opponents.’
  • in (or within) one's sights

    • 1Visible, especially through the sights of one's gun.

      ‘make sure we don't lose the quarry once we have him in our sights’
      figurative ‘the company was quick to stress that it has no other hostile targets in its sights’
      • ‘You see, I'm the type that's easily disarmed, and I hate it when my fire fizzles out before I can even get the target in my sights.’
      • ‘I sighted Ruckil's head in my sights and pulled the trigger.’
      • ‘Traffic wardens have a new target in their sights - buses.’
      • ‘While he let it be known that the country was in his sights as a future target, the time is not opportune for a pre-emptive strike.’
      • ‘The gunner has merely to keep the target in his sights to hit it.’
      • ‘Forget hot hatches with expensive stereo systems, car thieves in Scotland have a lucrative new target in their sights: farmers' quad bikes.’
      • ‘Basically, once you've had an enemy in your sights for a short amount of time, your targeting reticule automatically locks on to your opponent.’
      • ‘They see them as moving targets, lining them up in their sights and driving full speed at them.’
      • ‘However, the knights themselves had backed away enough that they wouldn't be in my sights, meaning the only targets would be lizard men.’
      • ‘The great satirists of the past did not worry about official watchdogs, and had greater targets in their sights than sports personalities.’
      1. 1.1Within the scope of one's ambitions or expectations.
        ‘he had the prize firmly in his sights’
        • ‘Queensbury recorded all ten winners and now have Asa's second place firmly in their sights.’
        • ‘Bulldogs skipper and flank Graham Carlson said he believed his side had a distinct advantage playing at home and the team had a semi-final placing firmly in their sights.’
        • ‘Due to their generosity and the troop's hard work, the replacement motor-powered boat is now firmly in our sights.’
        • ‘Bartnett consistently scored well but Mooring had the title firmly fixed within his sights and clinched the best of five with 19, then 21 darts.’
        • ‘Their relentless progression to the day of destiny has been great to follow and, with the prize now firmly in their sights, few would bet against them moving into overdrive in the final.’
        • ‘With a third win of the season now firmly in his sights at the Lancome Trophy in Paris, Darren Clarke can afford a smile, even though he is completely baffled by how well he is playing.’
        • ‘Did you really expect him to cut you some slack with a victory in his sights?’
        • ‘But at least some of them, like Siobhan, Dan and Dylan admit they have an eventual career in politics firmly in their sights.’
        • ‘Amir Khan will not be fighting as an amateur on the same bill as professionals next month - instead the 17-year-old has the ABA title firmly in his sights.’
        • ‘If Manchester United and Arsenal secure an FA Cup final place then the race for seventh is definitely well within our sights despite most fans' lower expectations at the season's start.’
  • lose sight of

    • 1Be no longer able to see.

      ‘when night fell, the crew lost sight of the strange monster’
      • ‘Mr Purvis and a local fire fighter were lifted by helicopter from an area on the front line when air crew lost sight of the men through the smoke.’
      • ‘It had a villain, Amjad Khan, who was trying to recover some diamonds he had stolen and then lost sight of.’
      • ‘My copilot and crew chief were concerned we might lose sight of the ship.’
      • ‘Second, remember the basics and have a way out if you lose sight of your wingman.’
      • ‘Darren nods to Adam before he loses sight of him.’
      • ‘Natalia stopped in front of the waterfall, once again losing sight of Aeden and not being able to find him again.’
      • ‘I remember feeling dread as I lost sight of the frothy waters and went popeye at 150 feet.’
      • ‘By losing sight of all these more successful friends and surrounding yourself with losers, you will be able to guarantee a high level of self-esteem.’
      • ‘I could have been better at following up with writers whom we published and then lost sight of.’
      • ‘I lost sight of him but assumed he would be able to keep himself occupied.’
      1. 1.1Fail to consider, be aware of, or remember.
        ‘we should not lose sight of the fact that the issues involved are moral ones’
        • ‘So we are able to ensure that we will never lose sight of the fact that all things work together for the purposes of God.’
        • ‘In the process it lost sight of what Lebensphilosophie considered more real - the intuitive perception.’
        • ‘But MacLennan keeps slipping into the familiar, sparkling context of the decadent era, losing sight of the historically neglected relationship at hand.’
        • ‘They get fascinated by some toy they're playing with and lose sight of all other considerations.’
        • ‘He added that people are failing to lose sight of some of the work that's already being done to help correct this problem.’
        • ‘That is not to say we won't fail, falter or lose sight of our intentions.’
        • ‘Participants must be able to put in their best efforts without losing sight of the collaborative and supportive process and yet not feel threatened of being wiped off the marketplace.’
        • ‘An architect by training, Cohen has to be able to master details from dozens of sources without losing sight of the big picture.’
        • ‘I think this House often loses sight of the fact that adults should be able to make those sorts of choices in their own lives.’
        • ‘On the other hand, it is a little disturbing that both commercial and public broadcasters seem to have lost sight of what viewers consider viable.’
        pay little attention to, pay no attention to, let slide, not attend to, be remiss about, be lax about, leave undone, lose sight of, skimp on, shirk, skip
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  • not a pretty sight

    • informal Not a pleasant spectacle or situation.

      ‘the squid aren't a pretty sight, but they taste tender and rich’
      ‘all directors grow up, and in this film the result is not a pretty sight’
      • ‘Unfortunately, with the exception of the Aussies in their semi-final, running rugby has been confined to games in which one team is being pulverised, and that's not a pretty sight either.’
      • ‘She refused any painkiller stronger than aspirin to the very end, and watching her die was not a pretty sight, as those desperately fought-for breaths grew further and further apart.’
      • ‘Just before I get to 7th Avenue, I fall, backpack and stuff toppling on me… not a pretty sight, that's for sure!’
      • ‘Either way it's not a pretty sight and can be avoided.’
      • ‘It's not a pretty sight on the town's streets to see lines of cigarette butts thrown all over the pavement.’
      • ‘Trust me, I've seen him, it's not a pretty sight.’
      • ‘It's not a pretty sight when left-wing gangbangers march into action to destroy admirable men, but they really have it down to a science.’
      • ‘After all, a writer caught speechless is not a pretty sight.’
      • ‘Commodity economies are typically not a pretty sight.’
      • ‘I now officially have a tan line half way down my upper arm since I was wearing a t-shirt with sleeves - not a pretty sight…’
  • on (or at) sight

    • As soon as someone or something has been seen.

      ‘in Africa, paramilitary game wardens shoot poachers on sight’
      • ‘Police, who claim to have deployed 17,000 officers in the city, have been given orders to shoot on sight to avoid disorder.’
      • ‘On Saturday, the police chief ordered his officers to shoot rioters on sight.’
      • ‘They are strictly enforced and security forces are under instructions to shoot on sight anyone breaking the curfew.’
      • ‘The Udayana commander has threatened to shoot rioters on sight.’
      • ‘Graham hated them on sight but I insisted and they lived on the shelf I reserved for pretty gew-gaws in the Welsh Cottage until we moved out.’
      • ‘If it wasn't, I'm sure I'd have been shot on sight when I tried to jump on an aeroplane that threatened to leave without me.’
      • ‘Nothing says trust like Delta Force, ready to shoot anyone on sight.’
      • ‘I promptly hated her on sight and that's how it continued.’
      • ‘Thankfully I live in a part of the world where such men are still shot on sight.’
      • ‘Militias have been given authority to shoot bush meat poachers on sight in the Central African Republic.’
  • out of sight

    • 1Not visible.

      ‘she saw them off, waving until the car was out of sight’
      • ‘But as soon as he was out of sight of his car the officer realised he had left his keys in the ignition and radioed for help.’
      • ‘After waiting until she was out of sight, he got out of his car and walked to the front door.’
      • ‘He described how the car went out of sight before there was a flash.’
      • ‘He waited until the other two were out of sight before walking to his own car and driving to the craft workshop in Catford.’
      • ‘It clings tenuously to the stony mountainside in a thin line of hairpins before dropping out of sight.’
      • ‘I had intended to fit a small bracket on the underside of the bench that would hold a message out of sight and secure.’
      • ‘The roads are quiet, and the landscape is fading out of sight, another day's work done.’
      • ‘When a friend warned him police were near, and fearing they may think he had been driving, he tried to take the car out of sight.’
      • ‘They were just out of sight when the quiet sounds of footsteps became audible from the street before them.’
      • ‘The car beeped at him, and he beeped back and left it on for a minute or so, even when the car was out of sight.’
      hidden, concealed, not visible, unseen, invisible, screened, covered, disguised, camouflaged, obscured, secret
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    • 2Extremely good; excellent.

      ‘the band was out of sight tonight!’
      • ‘His band is out of sight all the way through this album.’
      impressive, remarkable, extraordinary, outstanding, exceptional, staggering, incredible, amazing, astonishing, phenomenal, coruscating, imposing, breathtaking, thrilling
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  • out of sight, out of mind

    • proverb You soon forget people or things that are no longer visible or present.

      ‘he'll be locked away for the rest of his life—out of sight, out of mind’
      • ‘As for lessening the pain: out of sight, out of mind, Mike!’
      • ‘When you ask people to draw a computer, they draw the screen, mouse, keyboard - the CPU is out of sight, out of mind.’
      • ‘As long as these costs are out of sight, out of mind, people will readily accept cheaper, faster, better technology for lack of information and lack of choice.’
      • ‘Since being shunted off York's main thoroughfare, the market has been out of sight, out of mind to successive councils far keener to court the big multinational stores.’
      • ‘I think they just thought it was another place, you know - out of sight, out of mind - and a lot of good people would go by these places and never realise what was going on inside.’
      • ‘The water treatment was out of sight, out of mind.’
      • ‘Instead it seems that it is mostly squalid and often dangerous, but out of sight, out of mind, except for those who live there.’
      • ‘But the oceans are out of sight, out of mind to all but a few of us.’
      • ‘For now, Foley is as good as out of sight, out of mind.’
      • ‘In my state of Texas, for example, legislators ‘fixed’ their budget shortfall by tossing some 250,000 children out of the state health care program - out of sight, out of mind.’
  • (get) out of my sight!

    • Go away at once!

      • ‘Either follow my orders or get out of my sight!’
      • ‘His voice abruptly turned harsh as he snapped, ‘Now get out of my sight!’’
      • ‘I'm sick of you and you better get out of my sight!’
      • ‘Then since they take care of everything, out of my sight!’
      • ‘I want you to get out of my sight!’
      • ‘Now take the damned phone and get out of my sight!’
      • ‘You are going to get more if you don't shut up and get the hell out of my sight!’
      • ‘Get the hell out of my sight!’
      • ‘Willie is surprised, but Harrison repeats ‘I said get out of my sight!’’
      • ‘He's all, ‘You've got five seconds to get out of my sight!’’
      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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  • raise (or lower) one's sights

    • Become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) one's expectations.

      ‘if it fails to reach that minimum, they can either lower their sights or take the property off the market’
      • ‘It has forced us to lower our sights, and curtail our expectations.’
      • ‘The best response might be for them to raise their sights, and try putting politicians on the spot over their political thoughts and deeds rather than their personal motives.’
      • ‘I believe if the country has a leader that can elevate our spirit and raise our sights, that this country can achieve anything we set our hearts and minds to do.’
      • ‘Scotland will have to raise their sights considerably for Saturday's match against South Africa at the same venue.’
      • ‘If the coach continually voices such limited expectations then his players are unlikely to raise their sights very much higher.’
      • ‘The company lowered their sights in May to ask for an average yearly increase of 7.8 per cent over five years, including rises of more than 10 per cent in 2005-06 and 2006-07.’
      • ‘We need leaders who can raise their sights to a contest between competing visions of the good society.’
      • ‘An admiral goal provided the amateurs are raising their sights rather than the professionals dropping down a notch.’
      • ‘Yet everybody has been so busy picking over the minutiae of dodgy dossiers that few have raised their sights far enough to bother debating the principles of intervention, sovereignty and self-determination.’
      • ‘He also sponsored events at which high-achieving black men came to speak to the school students, helping them to raise their sights to a higher level.’
  • set one's sights on

    • Have as an ambition; hope strongly to achieve or reach.

      ‘Katherine set her sights on university’
      • ‘McCoy will now set his sights on reaching the magical 300 mark.’
      • ‘As the author of this monograph points out, the ruling elites in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have never set their sights on achieving competitive market economies.’
      • ‘Achieve all that you set your sights on and treat others how you wish to be treated.’
      • ‘Yes - lovely chap, though obviously I had hoped she had set her sights on someone higher than a retail manager…’
      • ‘There's a lot more to the man than meets the eye, and I wouldn't bet against him achieving anything he sets his sights on.’
      • ‘Feeling fresh after beating off competition from children three times her age to win gold at the Old Town Festival, the youngster has now set her sights on reaching Grand Slam finals.’
      • ‘But for the most part, the band seems to have set their sights on a more global approach.’
      • ‘Once the weather gods had decreed that the day-night semi-final should go on without interruption, the Indians set their sights on demolishing Kenya's hopes as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘So, turn the page and start your year off right - with a better-body formula that promises you'll stay on track and achieve whatever workout successes you've set your sights on.’
      • ‘From the sump, we turned around and headed upstream, setting our sights on reaching the Double Waterfall that constitutes the Southern limit of the Tourist Area.’
      aspire to, aim at, aim for, try for, strive for, strive towards, work towards, be after, want, seek, have in view, think of, hope for
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  • a (damn, good, long etc.) sight —

    • informal Much; to a considerable extent.

      ‘the old lady is a sight cleverer than Sarah’
      ‘he's a sight too full of himself’
      • ‘It was a sight unusual for anyone to be out and about on his grounds this late at night.’
      • ‘Using only the year to date data to estimate 2015, it is a good sight warmer than any other calendar year on record.’
      • ‘The day ended with a ragged second half that was still a long sight better than last year's game.’
      • ‘Picking five favourites out of all those comedians was not easy, but it's a damn sight easier than standing up on that stage making people laugh.’
      • ‘This book is not without its flaws, but it's a damn sight better than anything else kicking around.’
      • ‘Death is a sight preferable to what will happen to you.’
      • ‘They do what they do for a damn sight less than the private sector would charge every one of us.’
      • ‘Yet it uses a sight less fuel (42.8mpg against 35.3mpg) and produces significantly less carbon dioxide (156 compared with 170g/km).’
      • ‘Gaining the lead in this race is hard enough but it's going to be a damn sight harder to keep it.’
      • ‘I doubt it'll beat OJ - last he told me, he was actually in credit - but it's a sight less than I'd been anticipating.’
  • a sight for sore eyes

    • informal A person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.

      ‘the mighty Cairngorms are a sight for sore eyes in any rambler's book’
      • ‘Landlady Kathy Short said it was a sight for sore eyes for the 200 people who had gathered for the all-singing, all-dancing show.’
      • ‘They were almost a sight for sore eyes, they looked so cool.’
      • ‘She is completely unselfconscious, and a natural for television, and enjoys herself so thoroughly as to be a sight for sore eyes and jaded viewers.’
      • ‘After a couple of months of reviewing some alarmingly devil-may-care shopping baskets, Anita's organic yoghurt is a sight for sore eyes.’
      • ‘They're a sight for sore eyes after the first stop on the tour.’
      • ‘It was a sight for sore eyes, and ears, and rounded off a great day.’
      • ‘The return of Mark Bower to Bootham Crescent in midweek to plug a leaking York City defence was a sight for sore eyes.’
      • ‘She recalled how on seeing her a huge cheer went up and an American GI yelled: ‘Lady, you are a sight for sore eyes.’’
      • ‘I was a sight for sore eyes, a long-haired liberal.’
      • ‘The mass physical display at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, held under the auspices of the Vivekananda Education Society, was a sight for sore eyes.’
  • a sight to behold

    • A person or thing that is particularly impressive or worth seeing.

      ‘Selwyn's garden was a sight to behold’
      • ‘This said, he has an impressive range of plants at his nursery at Llwyn-y-Gors, and they are a sight to behold at Christmas, adorned with plump berries.’
      • ‘‘The sheer majesty of this giant planet with her moons is a sight to behold and our telescope can pick this up beautifully,’ he says.’
      • ‘In his heyday Seve was a sight to behold, a swashbuckling cavalier of the links, a man who knew no fear, who thought he could walk on water and often seemed to do so.’
      • ‘Saturday, October 22nd was a sight to behold as the newly formed Tidy Town Committee set about cleaning the streets of the town.’
      • ‘All in all, Quidam sets new standards in both contemporary circus performance and physical theatre, and is a sight to behold for all ages.’
      • ‘I've seen him full throttle, and that's quite a sight to behold.’
      • ‘Neat rows of colourful dolls, all resembling little children with neatly combed hair, and dressed in flowing garments, were a sight to behold.’
      • ‘And at night the procession of lighted carriages dashing through the otherwise dark and quiet countryside was a sight to behold.’
      • ‘They also had the opportunity of seeing one of the big Cunard Line cruise ships which was berthed in the harbour, a sight to behold and a sign of very different times.’
      • ‘The euphoria, excitement, colour, unbridled joy and sheer thrill of having reached the promised land by Armagh was a sight to behold.’


Old English (ge)sihth ‘something seen’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zicht and German Gesicht ‘sight, face, appearance’. The verb dates from the mid 16th century (in sight (sense 2 of the verb)).