Word Pair of the Month: cite, site, sight
The word “cite” has three very different meanings, so be sure you use it correctly.
“Cite” can mean “to quote,”
Be sure to cite the sources used in your research.
“to officially commend,”
A formal ceremony will be presented to cite the officer for his bravery.
or “to summon before a court.”
The city will cite anyone who doesn’t pay his or her parking fines.
The word “site” is a little easier, with only one meaning: “a place.”
That site is perfect for the new mall.
And, of course, neither word should be confused with the word “sight,” which means “the ability to see.”
Because our sight was blocked by the new building, we could no longer see the lake.