sight


sight
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noun
1 ability to see ⇨ See also ↑eyesight
VERB + SIGHT
have

She has very little sight in her left eye.

lose

He's lost the sight of one eye.

regain
save

The surgeons battled to save her sight.

restore
SIGHT + VERB
deteriorate, fail, go (all esp. BrE)

I think my sight is beginning to go.

return

His sight returned by degrees.

SIGHT + NOUN
test (BrE)
defects (BrE), problems
loss (BrE)

This disease is the main cause of sight loss among those aged 50 and over.

PHRASES
the/your sense of sight
2 act/moment of seeing sth
VERB + SIGHT
catch, get, have

She suddenly caught sight of the look on her mother's face.

We will soon get our first sight of the Statue of Liberty.

keep

She kept sight of him in her mirror.

lose
SIGHT + NOUN
gag

The movie is filled with dozens of funny sight gags.

PREPOSITION
at the sight (of)

Her knees went weak at the sight of him.

on sight

Soldiers have been ordered to shoot looters on sight (= as soon as they see them).

PHRASES
at first sight

He looked at first sight like a tourist.

It was love at first sight.

cannot bear the sight of sth, cannot stand the sight of sth (= hate seeing sb/sth)

I can't stand the sight of blood.

a clear sight of sth (esp. BrE)

He didn't shoot until he had a clear sight of the goal.

know sb by sight (= to recognize sb without knowing them well)
the mere sight of sb/sth, the very sight of sb/sth

The mere sight of her sitting there made his heart beat faster.

sick of the sight of sb/sth (esp. BrE)

We've shared an office for too long and we're sick of the sight of each other.

sight unseen

I bought it, sight unseen (= without seeing it).

3 position where sth can be seen
VERB + SIGHT
come into

Then the towers of the castle came into sight.

disappear from, vanish from

She watched until the car disappeared from sight.

block, block out
hide (sth) from, remove sth from

I hid the papers from sight.

PREPOSITION
in sight

Keep their car in sight for as long as you can.

The end is in sight (= will happen soon). (figurative)

out of sight

He kept out of sight behind a pillar.

You'd better stay out of sight until they go.

within sight of

Her staff of 30 work in an industrial loft within sight of Logan Airport.

PHRASES
in full sight of sb

He tried to break into a car in full sight of a policeman.

in plain sight

They waited until the enemy was in plain sight.

be nowhere in sight

Her father was nowhere in sight.

come in sight of sb/sth

At last we came in sight of a few houses.

no end in sight

The violence continues with no end in sight.

not leave sb's sight

He won't let the children leave his sight.

sb's line of sight

She was now standing just out of his line of sight.

not let sb/sth out of your sight

Whatever you do, don't let them out of your sight!

4 sth that you see
ADJECTIVE
common, familiar, regular (esp. BrE)

Tom was a pretty familiar sight around the casino.

bizarre, odd, rare, strange, unexpected, unfamiliar, unlikely (esp. BrE), unusual
amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, beautiful, breathtaking, extraordinary, fine, impressive, inspiring, magnificent, spectacular, splendid (esp. BrE), unforgettable, wonderful
depressing, pathetic, pitiful, sad, sorry, unedifying (BrE)

He really did look a sorry sight, with his clothes covered in mud.

disturbing
ghastly, gruesome, horrible, horrific, horrifying, terrible, terrifying
welcome

Dan's face was a welcome sight.

VERB + SIGHT
behold, see, witness

This is a sight not often seen on concert stages in this country.

I witnessed the awful sight of children drinking dirty water from puddles.

look (BrE, informal)

You look a sight in that hat!

enjoy

Who does not enjoy the sight and sounds of birds in the country?

SIGHT + VERB
greet

An appalling sight greeted her.

PHRASES
be quite a sight

The military parade was quite a sight.

be spared the sight of sth

Thankfully, we were spared the sight of his naked body.

not a pretty sight

I'm not a pretty sight when I get out of bed in the morning.

sights and sounds

The sights and sounds of the city distracted her from her work.

5 sights places of interest
ADJECTIVE
famous, historic
VERB + SIGHTS
see, take in, visit

Let's get out of the hotel and see the sights.

6 on gun/telescope
ADJECTIVE
gun (usually gunsight)
adjustable, fixed
optical, telescopic
night, thermal, thermal-imaging
laser
front, rear
VERB + SIGHT
adjust, align

to align the sights on the target

PREPOSITION
in your sight

He fixed the deer in his sights and pulled the trigger.

7 sights your aim, attention, etc.
VERB + SIGHTS
have sb/sth in, have sb/sth within

Rossi has the defending champion in her sights in tomorrow's race.

fix, train, turn

She turned her sights on Florida's adoption laws.

lower, raise

After failing to get into college, he lowered his sights and got a job in a bar.

PHRASES
have your sights set on sth, set your sights on sth

She has her sights set on becoming a writer.

set your sights high, set your sights low

He says he wants to win the trophy, but I think he's setting his sights too high.

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verb
Sight is used with these nouns as the object: ↑land

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Sight — (s[imac]t), n. [OE. sight, si[thorn]t, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesih[eth], gesieh[eth], gesyh[eth]; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See {See}, v. t.] 1. The act of seeing; perception of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sight — ► NOUN 1) the faculty or power of seeing. 2) the action or fact of seeing someone or something. 3) the area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen. 4) a thing that one sees or that can be seen. 5) (sights) places of… …   English terms dictionary

  • sight — [sīt] n. [ME siht < OE (ge)siht < base of seon, to SEE1] 1. a) something seen; view b) a remarkable or spectacular view; spectacle c) a thing worth seeing usually used in pl. [the sights of the city] …   English World dictionary

  • sight — [saɪt] noun 1. at sight BANKING FINANCE words written on a bill of exchange or promissory note to show that it must be paid as soon as it is shown to the acceptor …   Financial and business terms

  • Sight — Sight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sighting}.] 1. To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck. Kane. [1913 Webster] 2. To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sight — may refer to one of the following: *Visual perception *Sight (device), used to assist aim by guiding the eye *Sight (Keller Williams video), a 2005 Concert DVD by Keller Williams *Sight, a first person shooter video game created by FPS CreatorIn… …   Wikipedia

  • sight|ed — «SY tihd», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. having sight or vision. 2. having a sight or sights, as a firearm. –n. a person who has sight or vision. sighted, combining form. having sight: »Dimsighted = having dim sight …   Useful english dictionary

  • sight — adj: payable on presentation see also sight draft at draft Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • sight — (n.) O.E. gesiht, gesihð thing seen, from P.Gmc. *sekh(w) (Cf. Dan. sigte, Swed. sigt, M.Du. sicht, Du. zicht, O.H.G. siht, Ger. Sicht, Gesicht), stem of O.E. seon (see SEE (Cf. see) (v.)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • sight — [n1] ability to perceive with eyes afterimage, appearance, apperception, apprehension, eye, eyes, eyeshot, eyesight, field of vision, ken, perception, range of vision, seeing, view, viewing, visibility, vision; concept 629 Ant. blindness sight… …   New thesaurus

  • Sight — Sight, v. i. (Mil.) To take aim by a sight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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