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

Crew has been graced with Sebastian the Lamb and Noah the Dog, but there are plenty of other plush friends to choose from on the site. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here’s How Joanna Gaines Celebrated Crew’s First Major Milestone," 15 Jan. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex reportedly confirmed this herself to well-wishers at an engagement today (January 14) in Birkenhead, according to several royals reporters on site. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Did Meghan Markle Just Reveal Her Due Date?," 14 Jan. 2019 Another page on the site more broadly highlights the family's philanthropic efforts, and includes information on how an organization can apply for a royal patronage. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle was just announced patron of four charities, but what does that really mean?," 12 Jan. 2019 There are some law enforcement and emergency personnel on site, but certainly nothing as standard as a park ranger who can answer a question. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 Digital nomad Jonathan Khoo, who stays in one to two Airbnbs a month, suggested something like Hotels.com's program, which offers one free night for every ten booked on the site. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018 The good news doesn't stop there: Now through November 27, use the code CYBER35 at checkout to get 35% off pretty much everything on the site including necklaces, earrings, rings, and more. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The $42 BaubleBar Alidia Ring That Had a 1,000 Person Waitlist Is Back," 26 Nov. 2018 There are a lot more deals on the site right now including TV mounts, 3D printers, and monitors, so be sure to check them all out (and don't forget the BFNOW 20-percent off code). Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly everything, even sale items," 22 Oct. 2018 Clipper will assess the habitability of Europa's ocean and also scout out potential touchdown sites for the lander, which will seek out signs of life that have bubbled up to the surface, or the very near subsurface, from the dark depths. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 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)

formal : 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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