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 Older hospitals are having difficulty maintaining oxygen pressure in aging infrastructure and some are scrambling to locate additional oxygen tanks for discharged patients to take home. Time, "California's Hospitals Are at the 'Brink of Catastrophe' as the State Passes 25,000 Dead," 1 Jan. 2021 The origin of the Quadrantids was harder to locate. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Awed by the Meteor Shower of the New Year’s Sky," 1 Jan. 2021 The treasures of The Princess are hidden throughout 4.5 acres of indoor gardens for guests to locate. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Pirate and Princess Weekends return to Gaylord Palms," 29 Dec. 2020 Scott said Discovery Partners Institute is committed to building a strong tech ecosystem in Illinois so that innovative businesses will locate here. Zeta Cook, Washington Examiner, "Pritzker releases $142M in funding for tech education effort," 29 Dec. 2020 Flash animations appeared on U.S. Air Force recruitment sites and by architects trying to look fancy (to the irritation of, well, anyone who actually wanted to locate information). Los Angeles Times, "Why the end of Flash animation marks the end of an era for creativity on the web," 28 Dec. 2020 An officer went to the vacant home and will try to locate the proper owner of the package. cleveland, "Thieves target homes with packages at door: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 23 Dec. 2020 Vollaro and Moseley said the county and the funeral home used search tools like Accurint, Truepeople.com and FamilyTreeNews.com to try to locate Spence's family. AZCentral.com, "'A wake-up call': 500 homeless people died in metro Phoenix in first 9 months of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 After the newlyweds abruptly disappear, Margaret and George eventually locate them and encounter the husband's family, the Weboy clan. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Let Him Go' reunites Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in an old-fashioned thriller," 6 Nov. 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

7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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