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

Other Words from locate

locatable \ ˈlō-​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce locate (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Still, grocery store shelves have dipped, retailers are rationing popular brands and parents have traveled miles to locate formula for their infants. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2022 Still, grocery store shelves have dipped more than 40 percent below full stock in recent weeks, retailers are rationing popular brands and parents have traveled miles to locate formula for their infants. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 This link on the Secretary of State’s website will help locate drop boxes near you. oregonlive, 16 May 2022 Dozens of law enforcement officers were on horses and using dogs to try to locate Lopez. Paul Best, Fox News, 15 May 2022 But honestly, not much happens for a fairly long stretch of the film's modest 90-some-odd minutes, until the bad guys finally locate them again, leading to the inevitable showdown. Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 May 2022 Police requested assistance from the Coast Guard and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office to help locate the missing vessel, NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston reported. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 12 May 2022 The system expands on Microsoft’s earlier efforts to make its products more accessible, including an Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities and a kit of tactile stickers to help Surface PC users quickly locate specific keys and ports. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 11 May 2022 To date, the Interior Department and its partner, the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, has identified 53 burial sites, both marked and unmarked, and hopes to locate all of them. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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