\ 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


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 Off-site infrastructure would likely be covered through a combination of state and federal funding, city officials said., 20 July 2021 Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes Golden talks about the Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts for’s sister site, Wired. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Before the explosion, police spent the day collecting and disposing of thousands of pounds of fireworks in South Los Angeles which were detonated off-site. Steven Vargas, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Crypto news site The Block reported in May that FTX was in the process of closing a funding round that would value the company at roughly $20 billion. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Vermilionville is a site of many histories: Native American, French, Spanish, West African. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 Those fireworks were detonated at an off-site location. Stefanie Dazio, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Amazon announced earlier this year that its frontline employees can receive $40 per vaccine dose as compensation for time spent getting vaccinated off-site. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 19 July 2021 Fujifilm’s Texas site, like Emergent’s plant in Baltimore, was set up in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic to better prepare federal officials for the next one. Sarah Jane Tribble,, 19 July 2021

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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for site


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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22 Jul 2021

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“Site.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of site (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to place or build (something) in a particular location


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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


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Medical Definition of site

: the place, scene, or point of something the site of inflammation — see active site

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