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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We're just conveniently located in a place that is drowning in beer. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Salvage Food is making 'balsamic' from leftover beer, but don't call it a vinegar company," 5 June 2019 Efrain Francisco Sebastian was located and arrested in Brookings, South Dakota on our Active Warrant for Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fatal hit-run investigation leads Boca Raton police to South Dakota," 5 June 2019 The Arizona Republic couldn't locate the architect and original building owners. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "A bird's-eye view of these Glendale medical offices reveal resemblance to swastikas," 4 June 2019 Officers located the couple in the 400 block of State Street and observed what appeared to be a disturbance, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Plano man facing felony drug charge," 4 June 2019 Hernandez said officers conducted a canvas, but a crime scene wasn’t located. Katie Moore, kansascity, "KC police investigate two separate shootings including incident involving dad and son," 3 June 2019 Though Tallman’s belongings were discovered northwest of White Swan, she has never been located. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "In Yakima, families meet with congressman about missing, murdered Native women," 1 June 2019 It is located on an island in the middle of Round Oval, a lake on the property, and there is a separate memorial site on the grounds where visitors can pay tribute to the late Princess of Wales. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Childhood Home Althorp Is Opening to Visitors This Summer," 17 May 2019 Spring is in the air, and the most beautiful baby blue flowers are currently blooming in their full glory on the coast of Japan in Hitachi Seaside Park, located about two hours from the city of Tokyo. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can See Japan’s Baby Blue Eyes Flowers on a Hill Overlooking the Pacific Ocean," 1 May 2019

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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