cite vs site vs sight : Common Errors in English

cite or site or sight

You cite the author in an endnote; you visit a Web site or the site of the crime, and you sight your beloved running toward you in slow motion on the beach (a sight for sore eyes!).
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  • n  a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  • v  make reference to
  • v  commend
    he was cited for his outstanding achievements
  • v  refer to
  • v  repeat a passage from
  • v  refer to for illustration or proof
  • v  advance evidence for
  • v  call in an official matter, such as to attend court

  • n  the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
    a good site for the school
  • n  physical position in relation to the surroundings
    the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides
  • n  a computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web
    the Israeli web site was damaged by hostile hackers
  • v  assign a location to

  • n  an instance of visual perception
    the sight of his wife brought him back to reality
    the train was an unexpected sight
  • n  anything that is seen
    he was a familiar sight on the television
    they went to Paris to see the sights
  • n  the ability to see; the visual faculty
  • n  a range of mental vision
    in his sight she could do no wrong
  • n  the range of vision
    out of sight of land
  • n  the act of looking or seeing or observing
  • n  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • v  catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
    he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge
  • v  take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
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