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 It is located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Tepco’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, which suffered one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents after Japan’s northeast coast was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Aya Takada And Stephen Stapczynski / Bloomberg, Time, "Radiation Hot Spots Found Near Japan's Olympic Torch Relay Site," 4 Dec. 2019 It will be located in the Dewberry Building, at 3201 4th Ave. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "1917 Clinic surges into a fourth decade fighting HIV," 1 Dec. 2019 It will be located at 5656 San Felipe and is inspired by the beauty of its prime location. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life — Building spotlight: The Hawthorne," 30 Nov. 2019 He was located at about 4 p.m. near the 9600 block of South Avra Road and taken into custody without incident. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Escaped Tucson prison inmate Kevin Purdon is back in custody," 29 Nov. 2019 It is located near the corner of Southwest 111th Street and 57th Avenue. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Giant trolls arrive in South Florida in time for Art Basel," 27 Nov. 2019 Previously, they were located on all scattered lots. John Benson, cleveland, "New Northeast Ohio St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway coming to Olmsted Falls," 27 Nov. 2019 It will be located at 600 Hartbrook Dr., Suite 112. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Expect to see a new urgent care center in Hartland in early 2020," 26 Nov. 2019 Specific information about the operations, like who the hackers are, where they are located and even hackers’ phone numbers are surprisingly easy to find, according to Charity Wright, an analyst at IntSights. NBC News, "As Venezuela's economy struggles, some of its citizens turn to a lucrative gig: Cybercrime," 23 Nov. 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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Last Updated

7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Locate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=locate01. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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