Simple Definition of locate
: to find the place or position of (something or someone)
: to put (something or someone) in a particular place
: to make an area, city, etc., your home or the place where your business operates
Full Definition of locate
: to establish oneself or one's business : settle
1 : to determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of
2 : to set or establish in a particular spot : station
3 : to seek out and determine the location of
4 : to find or fix the place of especially in a sequence : classify
Examples of locate
We tried to locate the border of the property.
Can you locate your town on the map?
The missing boy was located by police in the woods.
The mechanic is still trying to locate the source of the problem.
Reporters have been unable to locate the mayor for his comments.
The company chose to locate its factory near the airport.
The company located near the airport.
His parents located in Ohio.
Origin of locate
Latin locatus, past participle of locare to place, from locus
First Known Use: 1652
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