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 Victoria Monument, which is located at the end of London’s famous Mall. Vogue, "Mary Poppins Returns," 6 Jan. 2019 Columbia Pictures, which Sony acquired in 1989, had previously leased the property, which is located along a basin near the Jamaica Bay. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Cleanup of Recycling Plant Threatens $1 Billion Worth of Sony Pictures Films," 30 Dec. 2018 Link in bio His collage of photos highlights the scenic property, which is located in Crawford, Texas, about a thirty minute drive from Chip and Joanna’s home of Waco. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Rent This 'Fixer Upper' Producer's Farmhouse Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 30 Dec. 2018 SoulCycle’s own growth barrier is that classes only occur at its 90 gyms, which are located predominantly in affluent communities along the coasts. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018 The officially confirmation comes after weeks of rumors that Harry and Meghan were looking to relocate from their current residence in the cozy, two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, which is located on the Kensington Palace grounds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Officially Moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, Kensington Palace Confirms," 24 Nov. 2018 The Woolsey Fire is apparently responsible for the destruction of Cyrus’s home, which is located in Malibu. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Loses Home to California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 Your Meibomian glands, which are located under your eyelids, pump out the oil for this portion of your tear film. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Do My Eyes Water When I Yawn?," 25 Sep. 2018 Deputies said a man tried to break in through a back door of the escape room in Vancouver, Washington, which is located inside a strip mall. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Robber breaks into escape room. Then, calls 911 because he can't get out," 13 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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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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