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

This column didn’t last for very long on the site, though, as the Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani reported yesterday: Several Business Insider staff told The Daily Beast that some employees were offended by the column. Jesse Singal, Daily Intelligencer, "Business Insider Retracted a Bad Piece — and Set a Terrible Precedent," 11 July 2018 On the site, once among L.A. County’s largest single-family home properties by acreage, are two gated entrances and a snaking one-mile-long private street installed during Allen’s ownership. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 There are four buildings on the site, including 304 Hudson St. and 137 Varick St., ranging from two to eight stories. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Disney Pays $650 Million to Develop New Campus in Lower Manhattan," 9 July 2018 The city will require operators to get licensed, employ 24/7 house managers on the premises, have the overdose medication Narcan on site, set up a screening process for residents and have a good neighbor policy. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Waiting for state sober living home rules, cities add their own restrictions," 7 July 2018 But with just one day to go, news of this rival blimp’s arrival — despite raising more than £50,000 ($66,000) according to the Crowdfunder web site – has quietened down. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 The company met with city officials, police officers, neighborhood groups and made changes to the social media site. New York Times, "Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics," 13 July 2018 Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F. www.randallmuseum.org Meet the Berenstain Bears Costumed characters will be on-site for meet-and-greets, daily story times, photo opportunities and visits with children. SFChronicle.com, "Kids listings," 12 July 2018 Sales of million-dollar-plus real estate jumped 25 percent from April of last year, even as prices at the top of the market rose 4.6 percent, according to the listings-and-research site. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "This Is the New Entry Point for American Luxury-Home Buyers," 12 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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