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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Recent Examples on the Web The preschool is located inside Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main Street. cleveland, "Soup sales benefit Meals on Wheels clients: Olmsted Dates and Data," 16 Jan. 2020 Other stores are located in San Antonio; Austin; Dallas; McAllen; Carmel and Castleton, Ind.; Brentwood, Mo.; Deer Creek and Overland Park, Kan.; Greenville, S.C.; Omaha, Neb.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Tustin, Calif. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Katy’s Kolache Factory earns national notice on franchise list," 16 Jan. 2020 Tri-State Warbird Museum Fly on over to the Tri-State Warbird Museum located only 30 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio. Madeline Northup, Cincinnati.com, "10 places with a big dose of history in Cincinnati," 16 Jan. 2020 According to Hyde's LinkedIn page, the company is located on Pennsylvania Ave. NBC News, "Who is Robert Hyde? The latest character in the Trump impeachment saga has a wild backstory," 16 Jan. 2020 Those beds are located in shelters, Navigation Centers, behavioral health centers and even at a public school. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. mayor poised to meet 1,000-shelter-bed goal with deal for Navigation Center," 15 Jan. 2020 The next year, the body of a 25-year-old BASE jumper was located by search-and-rescue teams in the Superstition Mountains. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Second BASE jumper rescued from Superstition Mountains in 2 weeks," 15 Jan. 2020 Three of the top five worst cities for year-round particle pollution — Fresno, Bakersfield and Visalia — ranked by the American Lung Association last year, are all located in the area. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "Conservation groups sue BLM over California fracking plan," 14 Jan. 2020 The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood about halfway between Fly Creek Marina and the Fairhope Municipal Pier, within walking distance of downtown Fairhope. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Dreams come true at this Zen inn on Mobile Bay," 14 Jan. 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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The first known use of locate was in 1513

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Locate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce locate (audio) How to pronounce locate (audio)

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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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