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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Tiny Eritrea, located on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and across the Red Sea from the Arabian Peninsula, has been ruled by Afwerki since gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after years of rebel warfare. Washington Post, "Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw," 13 July 2018 According to Channel 2, the four men entered a Snellville townhome located on Dorian Drive, ransacked it and assaulted a man inside. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Suspects pistol-whipped man in Gwinnett home invasion," 13 July 2018 New this year are Kids Bopp and ZZ Top concerts at Papa Murphy's Park, which is the home of the Sacramento Republic FC and is located on the grounds of Cal Expo. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 The City Council last week unanimously gave city staff its approval to continue to work on an agreement with Mundo Gardens for the operation of the garden, located on a quarter-acre plot on North Q Avenue. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City to move forward with plans for community gardens," 12 July 2018 Mountain Village is a village of about 800 people located on the Yukon River. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Alaska man charged with sex abuse and incest," 12 July 2018 After several decades located on Commonwealth Avenue and affiliated with Boston University, the PRC has crossed the Charles, to Porter Square, and an affiliation with Lesley University. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "The PRC arrives in Porter Square," 12 July 2018 While Tree of 40 Fruit compresses an orchard into a single tree, the Open Orchard, located on an island in New York, will comprise up to 300 varieties grafted on to individual trees. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 An hour before the TD Bank robbery, the two men had attempted to rob a Key Bank branch located on East Main Street in Branford, officials said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery Of Killingworth Bank," 11 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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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


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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