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

From the Ebates site, shoppers click through to a retailer to make a purchase. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Six Tips for Black Friday Shopping: How to Get Discounts, Perks and Bitcoin," 21 Nov. 2018 Oil has been leaking from the site since waves whipped up by Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide that wrecked Taylor Energy’s platform. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018 The papers show Dewan's lawyer Samantha Spector filed on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences, according to the site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Dewan Reportedly "Showed Off PDA" with Her New Man at a Halloween Party," 29 Oct. 2018 Footage from the site of the arrest — an auto parts store, according to The Guardian — shows Sayoc’s van under a tarp. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 2018 High ranking on both sites are the names Arthur and Alice; options that were also popular in the anticipation of Prince William and Kate's three children. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 Experts on the scene tell PM that a fan from one of the engines was recovered in a catchment basin, downhill from the crash site. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking Myths About United Flight 93," 10 Sep. 2018 The pair were often filmed working on construction sites together and goofing around. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Reveals What Shorty Is Doing Now That 'Fixer Upper' Is Over," 21 Aug. 2018 The company, which aims to reduce travel times by operating carbon-fiber pods through nearly airless tubes at close-to supersonic speeds, has demonstrated its technology at its test site in Nevada. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 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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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)

: 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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