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 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (Your California Privacy Rights). SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund-Barcelona | Alineaciones confirmadas para el debut en la Champions," 17 Sep. 2019 Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy © 2019 Advance Ohio. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for September 17, 2019," 17 Sep. 2019 His idea caught on, and soon Earthships became a common site around Taos. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18) and Your California Privacy Rights. The New Yorker, "Cartoons from the September 23, 2019, Issue," 16 Sep. 2019 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18) and Your California Privacy Rights. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Photos From London Fashion Week Spring 2020," 16 Sep. 2019 Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy © 2019 AL.com. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "See Auburn fans enjoy Tiger Walk and other homecoming festivities before Kent State kickoff," 15 Sep. 2019 His replica of the construction site was almost perfect. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 Eighty-eight high-end condominiums and townhomes could be constructed on about 20 percent of the site of the long-vacant Holy Cross High School in River Grove, according to River Grove officials and the project’s manager. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Condos, townhouses planned on former Holy Cross High School land in River Grove," 12 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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1 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for site

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

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site

noun
How to pronounce site (audio)

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

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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