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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 In mid-April, the Biden administration announced that 90% of Americans now live within 5 miles of a vaccination site, in part because of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Judith Chevalier, STAT, "Dollar stores: gateways to equitable Covid-19 vaccine distribution," 9 May 2021 Gregory’s remains, along with those of two other men, were found on the southwest shore of King William Island, about 50 miles south of the site where the ships became stuck, in 1859. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Descendant’s DNA Helps Identify Remains of Doomed Franklin Expedition Engineer," 7 May 2021 The general contractors of the site have since held anti-discrimination training sessions with all employees and offered a financial reward for information. Jessika Harkay,, "State officials and NAACP gather outside Windsor Amazon construction site Friday to denounce racism in community after noose was found last week," 7 May 2021 After all, a ton of the site’s new arrivals are already selling out. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "Almost Everything On Anthropologie’s Site Is 20% Off For Anthro Day," 7 May 2021 Commissioners expressed reservations about approving the requests without a plan for how the building’s components could be part of the site’s redevelopment, and about allowing another historic structure on the near West Side to be torn down. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio panel denies request to raze historic West Side building," 6 May 2021 Visitors can also camp at the Bureau of Land Management site. Los Angeles Times, "Too many crowds in Joshua Tree? Try this otherworldly desert trip," 6 May 2021 The village hired Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, at a cost of about $84,000, to do an environmental assessment of the site, which will include soil testing. Mike Nolan,, "Tinley Park land purchase could boost downtown parking," 5 May 2021 In a speech before a joint session of Congress last week, the president said that 90% of Americans now live within five miles of a vaccination site. CBS News, "Watch Live: Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution," 4 May 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


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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11 May 2021

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“Site.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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