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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web State Police searched a Malden house where Qinxuan Pan was last reported living, but did not locate the MIT graduate student who is a person of interest in the New Haven killing of a Yale graduate student, officials said Thursday. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Nick Ritchie provides the lone goal and Jaroslav Halak earns the shutout as Bruins beat Rangers," 12 Feb. 2021 Police checked the area but did not locate the car. cleveland, "Reality mobile game uses local spot to catch creatures: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 15 Jan. 2021 With the help of a sheriff’s helicopter crew, police searched for the thief but did not locate him. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police search for bank robber in La Mesa," 28 Dec. 2020 Officers, with the help of a police dog, searched the area but didn’t locate any of the occupants. oregonlive, "Portland police identify officer hit by stolen truck," 27 Dec. 2020 The crash was reported at about 8 p.m. Tuesday and emergency responders did not locate Jones' body until Thursday. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pilot killed in Upper Peninsula crashed identified as decorated combat veteran," 11 Dec. 2020 The crash was reported at about 8 p.m. Tuesday and emergency responders did not locate Jones' body until Thursday. Elliot Hughes, USA TODAY, "'Great Airman and patriot': F-16 pilot who died in crash identified as decorated combat veteran," 11 Dec. 2020 After reviewing red light camera footage and speaking with several witnesses, detectives searchedfor the second vehicle and driver but did not locate it. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Man charged with striking pedestrian in Franklin Park hit-and-run; report shows that police searched for a second vehicle," 1 Dec. 2020 The spokesman said officers did not locate a victim. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man fatally shot in Southeast Washington’s Buena Vista neighborhood," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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