locate

verb
lo·cate | \ˈlō-ˌkāt, lō-ˈkāt \
located; locating

Definition of locate 

intransitive verb

: to establish oneself or one's business : settle The company will locate north of the city.

transitive verb

1 : to determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of locate the lines of the property.

2 : to set or establish in a particular spot : station located the clock in the exact center of the mantel

3 : to seek out and determine the location of Try to locate the source of the sound.

4 : to find or fix the place of especially in a sequence : classify locating the reigns of the pastoral kings

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Other Words from locate

locatable \ˈlō-ˌkā-tə-bəl, lō-ˈkā- \ adjective

Examples of locate in a Sentence

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.
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The Mission Drive-in used a San Francisco address for business purposes, and was often advertised in the San Francisco movie listings, despite actually being located in Daly City. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 The Russian officers, operating a military intelligence agency called the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, or GRU, also used a computer located in Illinois to help steal DNC documents, the indictment says. chicagotribune.com, "Illinois elections board 'very likely' named in Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, officials say," 13 July 2018 And in April, the city signed a $99,800 one-year contract with the Coalition for the Homeless, located in neighboring Parramore, to provide showers and laundry for a few hours each day, Monday through Friday. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Downtown Orlando needs full-time drop-in center for homeless, leaders say," 13 July 2018 Anchal's headquarters is a former elementary school located in the Portland neighborhood. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Some 3,500 people already have been rescued from high waters in the Houston area with police, firefighters and National Guard troops continuing to try to locate those marooned in high waters. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Dam gates, dredging are major topics at county flood bond meeting in Kingwood," 12 July 2018 Today, due to conservation concerns, the tomb, located in the Valley of the Queens, has been largely closed off to visitors. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 Volunteer divers worked alongside the Thai SEALs to try to locate the boys’ cave. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 More than 100 police officers were deployed to try to locate a small vial believed to have contained the nerve agent that sickened the two. Washington Post, "UK official reassures residents in poisoning case," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of locate

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for locate

Latin locatus, past participle of locare to place, from locus

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The first known use of locate was in 1513

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locate

verb

English Language Learners 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

locate

verb
lo·cate | \ˈlō-ˌkāt \
located; locating

Kids Definition of locate

1 : to find the position of Try to locate your neighborhood on the map.

2 : to settle or establish in a particular place The city located the new stadium downtown.

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