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

For a complete look at the rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report's site. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "These are the best travel rewards programs for airlines and hotels, according to U.S. News," 6 Aug. 2019 The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products and services that are purchased through links on our site as part of our affiliate partnerships with retailers. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, August 6th," 6 Aug. 2019 Vanderbilt University paleontologist Larisa DeSantis grew up visiting the fossil site in Hancock Park. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossils in La Brea Tar Pits reveal why coyotes still exist, but not saber-toothed cats," 5 Aug. 2019 Curiosity is on the rise, says Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor at online car marketplace Cars.com, based on what his site’s visitors are searching for. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Now on Used Car Lots: Great Electric Vehicles for Cheap," 5 Aug. 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide The company's work on Starship Mk1 was evident when Ars visited the site for the Starhopper test. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk will update the status of Starship development on August 24," 4 Aug. 2019 Secretary Perry once again visited a site where weapons-grade plutonium is stored, and low-level radioactive material was mistakenly sent for years. Washington Post, "Energy secretary returns to Nevada nuke site in legal fight," 3 Aug. 2019 Visit her web site at www.theloveofanimals.com for more information on her animal communication and healing methods. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Well-known movie actor Austin Pendleton will star in Beck Center’s Glengarry Glen Ross production: Strong Points," 2 Aug. 2019 Anyone may visit the contest site to vote for the cutest pet photo for $1 per vote; the 12 top vote-getters will be included in a Mum Festival 2020 calendar. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Bristol Mum Festival organizers seek a hand from the public," 30 July 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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