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 launch went off on time at 7:50 a.m. despite a 4.2-magnitude earthquake 20 minutes before liftoff that shook Southern California, the site of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is overseeing the rover mission. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA’s new Mars rover Perseverance blasts off on search for ancient life," 30 July 2020 This rover is designed to act as an astrobiologist, studying an intriguing site on Mars for signs of ancient life. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mars launch: NASA's Perseverance rover set for takeoff," 30 July 2020 First, the hospitalization data collected up until July 13 vanished from the CDC’s site. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid-19 Data in the US Is an ‘Information Catastrophe’," 30 July 2020 Your biographical information and other site interactions are also posted to your profile. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Amazon shares your private info unless you do these steps," 30 July 2020 Families aren’t expected to be permitted on-site at Disney until the start of the second round of the playoffs, set to begin in late August or early September. Fox News, "NBA's 2020 pandemic-shortened season: Everything you need to know," 30 July 2020 The journey took a detour Thursday when the Giants optioned Davis to the team’s alternate site in Sacramento. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Why Giants chose to option outfielder Jaylin Davis," 30 July 2020 The number tested each week will be adapted based on how many positive cases turn up at each plant site, has as well as case numbers in the surrounding community, the company said. Washington Post, "Tyson Foods adopts weekly coronavirus testing for workers," 30 July 2020 In a post on the magazine's site, Oprah eulogizes Taylor, and shares the horrifying story of her killing from the perspective of Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Oprah Gave Her Magazine Cover to Breonna Taylor," 30 July 2020

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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Time Traveler for site

Time Traveler

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

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Site.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/site. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for site

site

noun
How to pronounce site (audio)

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

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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