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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The planned repatriation follows increasing efforts by U.S. and Cambodian officials to locate and claim hundreds of items stolen from the country amid decades of war and tumult that saw one of the most destructive looting sprees in history. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The company has published a YouTube video to show how to locate, tag and test the shutoff valve on its website. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 Even organizations helping survivors struggle to locate places at the right price and landlords willing to rent out their properties. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2022 The man’s partner used a transceiver and a probe pole to locate and remove him from the snow, but he could not be saved. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 27 Dec. 2021 And officers in a Toronto-area police department have investigated five incidents since September in which people placed tracking devices including AirTags on high-end vehicles to locate and steal them later, according to a statement this month. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2021 Upset over her inability to locate the allegedly safe haven of PADRE and shocked to find her friend Will (Gus Halper) was murdered by her former post-apocalyptic BFF, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) declared war on Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Dalton Ross, EW.com, 6 Dec. 2021 The challenge is to locate and harness the emissions-free power of this rich resource. Johnny Wood, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Robinson has created the hashtag #bringtaylourhome as part of her efforts to locate him. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 30 Dec. 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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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