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 material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Ohio. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for July 9, 2019," 9 July 2019 Bakersfield Californian The founder of the Ghost Ship artists’ collective that turned into the site of one of the deadliest blazes in California history took the stand in his manslaughter trial. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: How to react when the sea is rising," 9 July 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of AL.com. al, "Alabama Roots: Josh Donaldson joins 200 home run club," 8 July 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Vogue, "Of Course Poppy’s Couture Adventure Was Atypical," 8 July 2019 Sometimes, the site of a historic structure can be regraded so that water runs away from it. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019 Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast was the site for Goodwill of Orange County’s annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 10. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "Golfers deliver for Goodwill of Orange County’s veterans event," 8 July 2019 Santee Lakes will once again be the site for the Concert at the Lakes event on July 27. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fundraising concert set for July 27 at Santee Lakes," 8 July 2019 The task of rebuilding the site of an explosion in Plantation will likely fall to shopping center operator EDENS of South Carolina, the landlord for a diversity of tenants including LA Fitness, Publix, a stock brokerage and a variety of restaurants. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Developer must decide about rebuilding after Plantation explosion," 8 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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