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

Company executives and state officials broke ground Tuesday on the new Long Range Fires Production Facility at the site in Camden. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 According to a 2017 study, at least 74 firefighters with the FDNY who worked at the World Trade Center site have contracted sarcoidosis like O’Connell. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, "9/11 Still Claiming Victims: 10,000 With Cancers, Thousands More With Other Illnesses," 11 Sep. 2019 Named to commemorate Johnston's 1983 album and famous frog mural, which lives at the site of a former record store in the Texas capitol's downtown district, the event is also meant to encourage mental health support. Whitney Friedlander And Chris Boyette, CNN, "Daniel Johnston, indie singer-songwriter, dies at 58," 11 Sep. 2019 The Puccio steel welding shop was founded at that site in 1941 and began the business in support of the nation’s World War II efforts, according to Kerry Puccio, an executive with the company. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google purchases widen in downtown San Jose for transit village project," 11 Sep. 2019 Based on the discovery of a Roman coin at the site, the scholar posited that it had previously been sacked by invading imperial forces. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 According to the release, the driver of the Kia remained at the crash site. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Man dies after being hit by car in Essex on Friday night, Baltimore County police say," 7 Sep. 2019 The Administration released satellite photos of the points of impact on seventeen targets, which indicated that the launch site would have been in the north or northwest—not from Yemen, to its south. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "In Saudi Arabia, World Oil Supplies Are in Flames," 16 Sep. 2019 The site is near the intersection with Sargent Road and about one half-mile northeast of Eastern Avenue, which forms the boundary between Prince George’s and the District of Columbia. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Man fatally shot in Chillum area of Prince George’s County," 15 Sep. 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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