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noun \ˈsīt\

Definition of site

  1. 1a :  the spatial location of an actual or planned structure or set of structures (as a building, town, or monuments)b :  a space of ground occupied or to be occupied by a building

  2. 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 :  web site

Examples of site in a sentence

  1. Hard hats must be worn on the construction site.

  2. They visited the site of their future house.

  3. The company has chosen a new site for its office building.

  4. the site of the battle

  5. Federal investigators combed through the crash site.

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.

Origin and Etymology of site

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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site

transitive verb

Definition of site

sited

siting

  1. :  to place on a site or in position :  locate

15th Century

First Known Use of site

15th century



SITE Defined for English Language Learners

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site

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noun \ˈsīt\

Definition of site for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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site

transitive verb

Definition of site for English Language Learners

  • : to place or build (something) in a particular location


SITE Defined for Kids

site

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noun \ˈsīt\

Definition of site for Students

  1. 1 :  the place where something (as a town or event) is found or took place <a famous battle site>

  2. 2 :  the space of ground a building rests upon

  3. 3 :  web site


Medical Dictionary

site

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noun \ˈsīt\

Medical Definition of site

  1. :  the place, scene, or point of something <the site of inflammation>—see active site



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