located; locating

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of
locate the lines of the property.
: to set or establish in a particular spot : station
located the clock in the exact center of the mantel
: to seek out and determine the location of
Try to locate the source of the sound.
: to find or fix the place of especially in a sequence : classify
locating the reigns of the pastoral kings
locatable 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web His bicycle was later discovered locked at Fort Tilden Beach in Queens, located on the Rockaway Peninsula next to Breezy Point, NBC New York reported. Jonathan Dienst, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Off the Shelf Games, located in El Cajon, is a board game store selling puzzles, strategy games, comic books, paint sets and game accessories like dice and mini figures. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The New York Police Department responded to a call at 12:21 p.m. on Friday about a torso being found at Breezy Point Beach — located in the borough of Queens. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 The person left the immediate area of the I-10 freeway and Alameda Street and has not been located, Cal Fire said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 The country’s major international airport is also located on the peninsula. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 It is also located on a large campus sitting on over a hundred acres of land. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2023 Consider Jinja, Uganda, located in Uganda’s eastern region near Lake Victoria. Mariette Williams, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 Working in streaming means understanding how to use data to locate consumer niches; how to allocate programmatic sales; and scrutinizing such elements as whether a commercial surfaces to a particular subscriber with a too-great degree of frequency. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of locate was in 1513

Dictionary Entries Near locate

Cite this Entry

“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


located; locating
: to set oneself or one's business up in a particular place
: to state and fix exactly the place, limits, or position of
locate property lines
locate point B
: to look for and find the position of
trying to locate the problem with the engine
: to find or fix the place of in a series
locate an event in history

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