I. site 1 S1 W2 AC /saɪt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin situs , from sinere 'to leave, put' ]
1 . a place where something important or interesting happened:
an archaeological site
The house is built on the site of a medieval prison.
the site of the air crash
2 . an area of ground where something is being built or will be built
the site of a proposed missile base
a site for a new airport
He managed to get himself a job on a building site.
3 . a place that is used for a particular purpose:
a camping site
a nesting site for birds
4 . a ↑ website
5 . on site at the place where people work, study, or stay:
There’s a bar, restaurant, and gym on site.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meanings 1, 2 & 3)
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + site
▪ an archaeological site
Archaeological sites are often discovered by accident.
▪ a historic site
There are numerous historic sites to visit.
▪ an ancient site
The organization maintains and restores ancient sites, castles, monuments etc.
▪ a sacred site (=a place that is important in a religion)
Ayers Rock is the most sacred site of the Aborigines.
▪ a burial site
A Bronze Age burial site has been discovered.
▪ the crash site (=where a plane etc crashed)
Wreckage was seen 200 metres away from the crash site.
▪ a bomb site (=where a bomb has exploded)
the bomb sites of war-torn London
▪ a building/construction site
He has worked on various building sites.
▪ a greenfield site British English (=a piece of land that has never been built on)
We want to shift the balance of housing development from greenfield to brownfield sites.
▪ a brownfield site British English (=a piece of land that has been built on before)
The majority of the houses will be built on brownfield sites.
▪ a camp/camping site
First they had to look for a camp site.
▪ a caravan site BrE:
A well-run caravan site near the river brings holidaymakers into the village.
▪ a landfill site (=where rubbish is buried)
Recycling reduces the volume of waste which goes into landfill sites.
▪ an industrial site (=where factories are)
The area is to be redeveloped as an industrial site.
▪ a missile site
There were photos of a missile site under construction.
▪ a nesting site
Normally the male swan won’t let other swans near his nesting site.
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▪ place a point or area, especially one that you visit or use for a particular purpose:
He’s been to lots of places.
a good meeting place
▪ position the exact place where someone or something is, in relation to other things:
She showed me the position of the village on the map.
I changed the position of the mirror slightly.
Jessica moved to a position where she could see the stage better.
▪ point a particular place on a line or surface:
At this point the path gets narrower.
No cars are allowed beyond this point.
▪ spot a place, especially a particular kind of place, or a place where something happens. Spot sounds rather informal:
She chose a sunny spot.
The area is a favourite spot for windsurfers.
This is the exact spot where I asked her to marry me.
▪ location a place where someone or something is, or where something happens. Location sounds more formal than place :
your exact location
The prisoners were taken to an undisclosed location.
an ideal location for a winter break
▪ site a place, especially one that will be used for a particular purpose, or where something important happened:
the site of a great battle
There are plans to develop the site for housing.
The area has become a dumping site for nuclear waste.
▪ venue a place where something such as a meeting, concert, game etc takes place:
the venue for the next Olympic Games
The hotel is a popular wedding venue.
▪ scene the place where something bad such as an accident or crime happened:
the scene of the crime
Ambulance crews were at the scene within minutes.
▪ setting the place and the area around it, where something is or where something happens:
The hotel is in a beautiful setting.
the setting for the film ‘A Room With a View’
Beautiful gardens provide the perfect setting for outdoor dining.
▪ somewhere used for talking about a place when you are not sure exactly which place:
She came from somewhere in London.
▪ whereabouts the place where someone or something is – used especially when you do not know this or do not want to tell people:
The whereabouts of the painting is unknown.
He refused to disclose his whereabouts.
I’m not sure about her whereabouts.
II. site 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]
to place or build something in a particular place
be sited in/on/at/near etc something
Some of this new housing has been sited in inner city areas.