site

noun
\ˈsīt \

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

More clearance is required for large construction equipment to gain access to the project site. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Flamingo Townhomes to undergo 'drainage improvement project'," 13 July 2018 Google moved its Midwest headquarters into the former Fulton Market Cold Storage building, McDonald’s relocated from Oak Brook to the site of Oprah Winfrey’s former Harpo Studios, and hotels such as the Soho House and Ace Hotel opened their doors. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 Photo: soe zeya tun/Reuters Air tanks are delivered to the site for divers to use in the rescue mission. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 According to the site, the ORR is preparing for a potential scenario in which the administration’s border policies might require the detention of thousands more children. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Trump Could Reportedly Detain More Immigrant Children at the Expense of HIV/AIDS Care," 11 July 2018 The lease on the 2,500-square-foot, pub-style restaurant expires in 2027, according to the site. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Sandwich Shop Pastrami On Wry Closes, Owner Looks To Sell Corey's Catsup & Mustard," 11 July 2018 The property was not directly adjacent to any homes and firefighters contained the blaze to the site. Meghan Bobrowsky, Philly.com, "City says scene of Kensington junkyard fire cited multiple times, owners taken to court," 11 July 2018 Two ambulances rushed to the site of the zip line, located in the French Harbor neighborhood near a highway that stretches to the north side of the island, Guerrero said. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 Two ambulances rushed to the site of the zip line, located in the French Harbor neighborhood near a highway that stretches to the north side of the island, Guerrero said. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018

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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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)

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

site

noun
\ˈsīt \

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 \

Medical Definition of site 

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

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