sight, site

From the Oxford Dictionary: Many people confuse the words site and sight. As a noun, site means ‘a place where something is constructed or has occurred’ (the site of the battle; the concrete is mixed on site, a website), while sight chiefly means ‘the faculty or power of seeing’ (he lost his sight as a baby).

sightjunge Frau formt Finger zur Brille
common usage – noun

  • the faculty or power of seeing: She’s gradually losing her sight. A sight test. I’ve always been scared of the sight of blood
  • (sights) places of interest to tourists and visitors in a city, town, or other place: sightseeing. We’re visiting the famous sights.
  • (a sight) informal a person or thing having a ridiculous, repulsive, or dishevelled appearance: ‘I must look a frightful sight,’ she said


        • at first sight: on first seeing or meeting someone: It was love at first sight
        • in (or within) one’s sights: within the scope of one’s ambitions or expectations: He had the prize firmly in his sights
        • lose sight of:  be no longer able to see: When night fell, the crew lost sight of the  + fail to consider, be aware of, or remember.: We should not lose sight of the fact that the issues involved are moral ones
        • not a pretty sight: informal – not a pleasant spectacle or situation: Squid aren’t a pretty sight, but they taste lovely.
        • out of sight: not visible: She saw them off, waving until the car was out of sight
        • out of sight, out of mind: proverb you soon forget people or things that are no longer visible or present: He’ll be locked away for the rest of his life—out of sight, out of mind
        • (get) out of my sight! go away at once! Get out of my sight!
        • raise (or lower) one’s sights: become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) one’s expectations: If it fails to reach that minimum, they can either lower their sights or take the property off the market
        • set one’s sights on: have as an ambition; hope strongly to achieve or reach:  Katherine set her sights on university
        • a sight for sore eyes: informal a person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see: The mighty Cairngorms are a sight for sore eyes in any walker’s book.
        • a sight to behold – a person or thing that is particularly impressive or worth seeing: His garden was a sight to behold



  • an area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed: The proposed site of a hydroelectric dam. The concrete is mixed on site.
  • a place where a particular event or activity is occurring or has occurred The site of the Battle of Flodden
  • short for building site.
  • short for campsite or caravan site.
  • a website: The site has no ads and is not being promoted with banners. Some servers use cookies to track users from site to site


Now do this exercise


site or sight?

Choose or type in the correct site or sight