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: the spatial location of an actual or planned structure or set of structures (such as a building, town, or monuments)
: a space of ground occupied or to be occupied by a building
: the place, scene, or point of an occurrence or event
a picnic site
: one or more Internet addresses at which an individual or organization provides information to others
an FTP site
especially : website


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sited; siting

transitive verb

: to place on a site or in position : locate

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Cite, Sight, and Site

As homophones—words that sound alike but are distinct— cite, sight, and site are easily confused, but they have different meanings, uses, and origins.

Cite is most often encountered in the sense of "to name in a citation"—that is, a line or short section taken from a piece of writing or a speech; it may also mean "to mention as an example" or "to order to appear in a court of law." Cite is from the Latin citare, "to rouse, call on, summon," source too of citation and recite.

Most of the senses of sight are concerned with 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"). Sight is also used in a number of fixed phrases, such as "out of sight, out of mind," "sight unseen," and "set one's sights on." Sight comes from Old English gesiht, meaning "the faculty or act of sight, thing seen."

Site is most often concerned with location; it is related to situate, "to locate," and situation, "relative position or combination of circumstances at a particular moment." A building site is the place where a building is, or will be, located. In contemporary English, site is frequently used as a shortened form of website, to refer to the location of a group of web pages. Site comes from Latin situs, meaning "place, position, site."

Associating citation with cite, eyesight with sight, and situate with site may be helpful in applying these correctly.

Example Sentences

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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Word History



Middle English, place, position, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French sit, site, from Latin situs, from sinere to leave, allow

First Known Use


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of site was in the 15th century

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“Site.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: local position (as of a building, town, or monument)
: the place or scene of an occurrence or event
a picnic site

Medical Definition


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

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