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

Univision once aimed to become a true colossus of English-language digital media, embarking on a strategy that included the acquisition of digital sites and the creation of entirely new properties. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firm Great Hill Partners in Talks to Buy Gizmodo Media Group," 15 Feb. 2019 Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18). Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Glucose Testing During Pregnancy," 4 Feb. 2019 At long last, one of the world's most beloved archeological sites is once again open to visitors. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "King Tut's Tomb Is Reopening—And This Time, It's Tourist-Proof," 1 Feb. 2019 Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace Yes, three of the sites most synonymous with London make appearances in the reboot: the historic Tower Bridge is even in the opening scene, which sees Lin Manuel Miranda biking in its shadow. Vogue, "Mary Poppins Returns," 6 Jan. 2019 There are dozens of orbital launch sites all over the globe, and more and more commercial players entering the field. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 Some health issues are also emerging in some of the formal evacuation sites. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 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

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 \

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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