lo·​cate | \ ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) , lō-ˈkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce locatable (audio) , 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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Thankfully, Meghan didn't skip a beat, and helped him locate his page with an onstage confidence only a former actress could conjure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Opted for a Givenchy Blouse and Skirt at the Endeavour Fund Awards," 7 Feb. 2019 The company’s batteries were indeed removable, but they were located inside a zip pouch on the inside of each bag, so customers would have to unpack their suitcase to remove the battery before boarding a flight. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 To locate it, tap on Settings, then General, and then About. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "How to set up eSIM on the Apple iPhone XR and XS," 11 Dec. 2018 Though Lenz allegedly escaped the house through an open window before police arrived, she was later located and arrested. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Oklahoma woman arrested after she allegedly burglarizes, defecates in fraternity house: report," 28 Sep. 2018 This is not the first time African Gold Refinery, which is located in Entebbe, 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Kampala, near the international airport, is under scrutiny for suspicious dealings in minerals. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Uganda holds 3.6 tons of gold possibly from Venezuela," 25 Mar. 2019 This time, as previously reported by royal reporter Omid Scobie, it’ll be located across the pond in England—and Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, will be in attendance for this one too, according to Harper’s Bazaar. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Having a Second Baby Shower—and Her Mom Will Be There," 17 Mar. 2019 The charity is located in London and provides advice and support for fathers, helping to develop their confidence as dads. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Describes "Fear of Having a Newborn" & Kate Middleton Says She Was a "Naive" Parent," 16 Feb. 2019 And locating a show for the wee ones that won’t set parents’ teeth on edge — among the thousands of options on Netflix — can be an especially difficult challenge. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 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
US : to make an area, city, etc., your home or the place where your business operates


lo·​cate | \ ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) \
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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