Cite, Sight, and Site

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Cite, Sight, and Site

What are the differences between "cite," "sight," and "site"?
  • "Cite" means "to mention" or "to quote."
  • "Sight" relates to vision.
  • "Site" means a piece of land or "to assign a position to."
cite, sight, or site

More about "Cite," "Sight," and "Site"

The words "sight," "site," and "cite" sound identical (i.e., they are homonyms), but they mean different meanings.

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The verb "to cite" means "to quote," "to refer to," "to summon to appear before a court of law," or simply "to mention."

Example sentences with "cite":
  • The lecturer cited several instances of illegal behaviour.
  • The young inspector was cited for his outstanding achievements.
  • Remember to cite expert opinion to support your points.


"Sight" relates to vision. It is the power of seeing (i.e., perception by the eyes). It can also be something that is seen (e.g., What a beautiful sight.)

Example sentences with "sight":
  • The newborn foal was an emotional sight for all of us.
  • After the laser treatment, her sight was perfect.


The noun "site" refers to a piece of land (e.g., building site). As a verb, "to site" means "to position in a place" (e.g., I will site the slide near the swings.)

Example sentences with "site":
  • There are three landfill sites in the local vicinity.
  • Mr Dodds claimed his tools had been stolen from the archaeological site.
The Culprit Is "Site"

The word "site" (meaning "a piece of land") is the one that causes problems. The most common error is writing "sight" instead of "site."

Remembering "Site"

A site often describes a place where building work is taking place (e.g., a building site). You can remember the definition of "site" using the "te" to remind you of tradesman's entrance. (A site is likely to have a tradesman's entrance.)

The bottom line is this:

A site is a place (e.g. a building site, a camping site, a website).
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See Also

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