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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 Among other issues, the six tribes that the Prescott National Forest partners with on cultural issues may have concerns over the site, said Kevin Hunnell, supervisory environmental coordinator with the Forest Service. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Gold mine along Hassayampa River may imperil tribal cultural, riparian sites," 7 July 2020 Meanwhile, the site shows Arizona is reporting a 23% increase in positive tests; Florida, 16%; South Carolina, 13.7%; and Texas, 14.6%. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "COVID Watch: Be careful about travel. And answer the phone if the health department calls," 7 July 2020 In April 2019, plans were announced that the dead mall would be demolished after LGR Weston spent $3.15 million to buy the Sears portion of the mall, giving it and its sister company, Plaza Properties, control over the 88-acre site. Beth Burger And Mark Ferenchik/columbus Dispatch, The Enquirer, "Mark Wahlberg adds to his Columbus auto operations," 7 July 2020 The Ector County Republican Party voted on Saturday to censure Gov. Greg Abbott, accusing him of violating five party principles while using his executive power during the pandemic, partner site the Midland Reporter Telegram reports. Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for July 6," 6 July 2020 Before Paris was chosen as the site of the 2024 Games, Budapest, Hamburg, Rome and Boston all withdrew their bids after locals voiced opposition. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 Facemasks will be mandatory, and touching or kissing the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, will be banned. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: 112 Washington fraternity students infected; Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies; Michigan reports zero deaths," 6 July 2020 Though the event will technically take place on federal land at the former site of Pease Air Force Base, the Trump campaign has coordinated with Governor Chris Sununu's office and state officials ahead of Saturday's event. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump campaign schedules next rally to be outdoors," 6 July 2020 O’Shaughnessy Woolls is best known for establishing another grand cru site in the Napa Valley, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, a favorite of collectors on Howell Mountain at 1,800-feet-elevation. Virginie Boone,, "Progeny is a Mount Veeder winery for the entire day," 6 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


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

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9 Jul 2020

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“Site.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


\ 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


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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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