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sights, sighting, sighted

  1. N-UNCOUNT: oft poss N Someone's sight is their ability to see.

  2. N-SING: the N of n The sight of something is the act of seeing it or an occasion on which you see it.

  3. N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft adj N A sight is something that you see.

  4. VERB If you sight someone or something, you suddenly see them, often briefly.

  5. N-COUNT: usu pl The sights of a weapon such as a rifle are the part which helps you aim it more accurately.

  6. N-PLURAL: usu the N, oft N of n The sights are the places that are interesting to see and that are often visited by tourists.

  7. ADV: ADV adj/adv (emphasis) You can use a sight to mean a lot. For example, if you say that something is a sight worse than it was before, you are emphasizing that it is much worse than it was. [INFORMAL]

  8. See also sighted, sighting

  9. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you catch sight of someone, you suddenly see them, often briefly.

  10. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something seems to have certain characteristics at first sight, you mean that it appears to have the features you describe when you first see it but later it is found to be different.

  11. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If something is in sight or within sight, you can see it. If it is out of sight, you cannot see it.

  12. PHRASE: v-link PHR If a result or a decision is in sight or within sight, it is likely to happen within a short time.

  13. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you lose sight of an important aspect of something, you no longer pay attention to it because you are worrying about less important things.

  14. PHRASE: V inflects If you know someone by sight, you can recognize them when you see them, although you have never met them and talked to them.

  15. PHRASE If you say `out of sight, out of mind', you mean that people quickly forget someone if he or she goes away.

  16. PHRASE If someone is ordered to do something on sight, they have to do it without delay, as soon as a person or thing is seen.

  17. PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that someone or something is not a pretty sight, you mean that it is not pleasant to look at. [INFORMAL]

  18. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you set your sights on something, you decide that you want it and try hard to get it.

  19. PHRASE: PHR after v If you agree to buy something sight unseen, you agree to buy it, even though you have not seen it and do not know what condition it is in.

  20. love at first sight see love

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sa͟ɪtoft N Someone's sight is their ability to see.Examples

My sight is failing, and I can't see to read any more...
I use the sense of sound much more than the sense of sight.

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Word forms


Common casesightsights
Possessive casesight'ssights'


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)sighting
Past Participle (Participle II)sighted
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I sightwe sight
you sightyou sight
he/she/it sightsthey sight
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am sightingwe are sighting
you are sightingyou are sighting
he/she/it is sightingthey are sighting
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have sightedwe have sighted
you have sightedyou have sighted
he/she/it has sightedthey have sighted
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been sightingwe have been sighting
you have been sightingyou have been sighting
he/she/it has been sightingthey have been sighting
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I sightedwe sighted
you sightedyou sighted
he/she/it sightedthey sighted
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was sightingwe were sighting
you were sightingyou were sighting
he/she/it was sightingthey were sighting
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had sightedwe had sighted
you had sightedyou had sighted
he/she/it had sightedthey had sighted
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been sightingwe had been sighting
you had been sightingyou had been sighting
he/she/it had been sightingthey had been sighting
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will sightwe shall/will sight
you will sightyou will sight
he/she/it will sightthey will sight
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be sightingwe shall/will be sighting
you will be sightingyou will be sighting
he/she/it will be sightingthey will be sighting
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have sightedwe shall/will have sighted
you will have sightedyou will have sighted
he/she/it will have sightedthey will have sighted
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been sightingwe shall/will have been sighting
you will have been sightingyou will have been sighting
he/she/it will have been sightingthey will have been sighting
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would sightwe should/would sight
you would sightyou would sight
he/she/it would sightthey would sight
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be sightingwe should/would be sighting
you would be sightingyou would be sighting
he/she/it would be sightingthey would be sighting
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have sightedwe should/would have sighted
you would have sightedyou would have sighted
he/she/it would have sightedthey would have sighted
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been sightingwe should/would have been sighting
you would have been sightingyou would have been sighting
he/she/it would have been sightingthey would have been sighting
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am sightedwe are sighted
you are sightedyou are sighted
he/she/it is sightedthey are sighted
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being sightedwe are being sighted
you are being sightedyou are being sighted
he/she/it is being sightedthey are being sighted
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been sightedwe have been sighted
you have been sightedyou have been sighted
he/she/it has been sightedthey have been sighted
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was sightedwe were sighted
you were sightedyou were sighted
he/she/it was sightedthey were sighted
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being sightedwe were being sighted
you were being sightedyou were being sighted
he/she/it was being sightedthey were being sighted
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been sightedwe had been sighted
you had been sightedyou had been sighted
he/she/it had been sightedthey had been sighted
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be sightedwe shall/will be sighted
you will be sightedyou will be sighted
he/she/it will be sightedthey will be sighted
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been sightedwe shall/will have been sighted
you will have been sightedyou will have been sighted
he/she/it will have been sightedthey will have been sighted