\ ˈsīt How to pronounce site (audio) \

Definition of site

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the spatial location of an actual or planned structure or set of structures (such as a building, town, or monuments)
b : a space of ground occupied or to be occupied by a building
2a : the place, scene, or point of an occurrence or event a picnic site
b : one or more Internet addresses at which an individual or organization provides information to others an FTP site especially : website


sited; siting

Definition of site (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place on a site or in position : locate

Cite, Sight, and Site

The three homophones cite, sight, and site are occasionally confused by some people when used as nouns (sight and site) or as verbs (all three words). They needn’t cause trouble: with a little thought, most people who struggle with them can settle upon the correct choice.

Cite is most often encountered in the sense of “to name in a citation”; it may also mean “to mention as an example” or “to order to appear in a court of law.“

Most of the senses of sight are concerned with the act or action of seeing. A wonderful spectacle might be described as a sight, as might the general capacity to see anything (“my sight is not as good as it once was”).

Site is most often concerned with location; it is related to the verb situate "to locate" and situation "a position." A building site is the place where the building is, or will be, located. In contemporary English, site has increasingly been used as a shortened form of website, for the location of a specific page on the Internet.

If you connect citation with cite, eyesight with sight, and situate with site, you are unlikely to make an error.

Examples of site in a Sentence

Noun Hard hats must be worn on the construction site. They visited the site of their future house. The company has chosen a new site for its office building. the site of the battle Federal investigators combed through the crash site.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was fine for the visuals, but didn’t pull the heartstrings like Costner returning to the site, looking exactly like his character, Ray Kinsella. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 12 Aug. 2022 Public prosecutor office officials arrived to the site, Sky News reported. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the site of the fire and needed 65 minutes to fully extinguish the flames on Friday. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2022 Fifty-nine firefighters responded to the site of the fire and needed 65 minutes to fully extinguish the flames on Friday. Alexandra Del Rosariostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 In response to injury, the body rushes a team of blood cells called macrophages to the site of the tattoo to remove the ink particles that are now in the dermis. Emily Rekstis, Allure, 9 Aug. 2022 Andy, who lives near the ballpark, raced over to the site to check the damage. Tommy Birch, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 For the second straight year, the game will be played in a temporary, 8,000-seat ballpark adjacent to the site of the classic 1989 movie. Wire Reports,, 8 Aug. 2022 Thousands of locals and tourists have since made the hike to the site—about a four-hour round trip—to witness the new eruption. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'site.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of site


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for site


Middle English, place, position, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French sit, site, from Latin situs, from sinere to leave, allow

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15 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for site


\ ˈsīt How to pronounce site (audio) \

Kids Definition of site

1 : the place where something (as a town or event) is found or took place a famous battle site
2 : the space of ground a building rests upon
3 : web site


\ ˈsīt How to pronounce site (audio) \

Medical Definition of site

: the place, scene, or point of something the site of inflammation — see active site

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