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(v., trans.) to catch a glimpse of; to aim using a sight; to test the straightness of
(v., intrans) to aim; to look carefully in one direction
That was a sight for sore eyes!
Jose lost his sight in the accident; now he's learning Braille.
Cullen caught his prey in the rifle sight.
She set her sights on winning the scholarship.
He sighted Melody coming across the field toward him.
That sharpshooter can sight targets a hundred yards away.
Glasses and goggles protect your sight.
Site(n.) the location of an actual or planned structure; the scene, point or place of an event or occurrence
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The new building site has marvelous views of the river.
Dr. Hendrix pinpointed the site of the tumor.
Mack sited the fountain a few feet from the path.
He has a bump on the site where the mite did bite.
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The noun form is citation.
Gladys frequently cited her yogi's words of wisdom.
If you're going to quote Faulkner in your essay, be sure to correctly cite the source and pages.
Lia was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Carefully cross-reference what you cite in this composition.
Here's a tough one for you: Do you go to see the sights? or the sites?
Context is everything! If you mean "stuff to be seen," like vistas or exciting venues, it's sights.
If you mean locations for a specific purpose, like where buildings will go up or film will be shot, it's sites.
Which of these trip you up? Any other homophones you'd like me to tackle?