site

noun
\ 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

site

verb
sited; siting

Definition of site (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place on a site or in position : locate

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Ann Arbor company, Aastrom Biosciences, promptly renamed itself Vericel and moved its headquarters to a Sanofi manufacturing site in Cambridge. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast-growing Vericel finds success on two fronts: knee surgery and burn care," 11 June 2019 The first murder case to use family tree forensics goes to trial Last year, investigators were able to use information from genealogy sites like GEDmatch to catch the infamous Golden State Killer. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "Keanu’s E3 Surprise, a Government Photo Hack, and More News," 10 June 2019 The others are Yucca Mountain in Nevada and an interim site in West Texas. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Mexico’s governor comes out against nuclear waste site," 10 June 2019 That means the museum’s collection will continue to grow since there are some 13,000 archaeological sites in Iraq and a number of continuing excavations, Mr. al-Hamdani said. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’," 9 June 2019 Residents will soon be able to go to the city’s web site and plug in the value of their properties to determine a more accurate tax amount, city officials said. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Tavares voters to decide: Should city borrow $27M to build performing arts center?," 7 June 2019 Founder hopes to plant more Books and Barbers sites in Cincinnati Vanderpool hopes to expand the business further and is in talks about opening more locations across the country in cities like Atlanta and Knoxville. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "Books and Barbers program seeks to provide mentors for children," 7 June 2019 Kiki Leyba poses for a portrait at the Columbine Memorial site in Littleton, Colo. on April 18, 2019. Katie Reilly, Time, "'It’s Not a Museum. It’s Not a Mausoleum.' Columbine High School Could Be Torn Down As Safety Threats Mount," 7 June 2019 The fair will highlight the plant and animal life found on the 6,800-acre Fermilab site in Batavia, officials said. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 7 June 2019

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.

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First Known Use of site

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for site

Noun

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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The first known use of site was in the 14th century

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site

noun

English Language Learners Definition of site

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the place where something (such as a building) is, was, or will be located
: a place where something important has happened
: a place that is used for a particular activity

site

verb

English Language Learners Definition of site (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to place or build (something) in a particular location

site

noun
\ 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

site

noun
\ 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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