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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The company is based in Mountain View, Calif., with engineering offices in Tallinn, Estonia, where Skype's first engineering offices were also located. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "‘Skype Mafia’ Backs A.I. Startup Automating Contract Negotiations," 11 Sep. 2019 Officers from Parma, Brooklyn and Cleveland caught the suspect in Riverside Cemetery, which is located next to Pearl Road and I-71. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Parma police catch 3 armed-robbery suspects after high-speed chase," 9 Sep. 2019 Watch for construction to begin soon on OWA RV Park Resort which will be located just northeast of Pride Drive in Foley and scheduled to open by the end of the year. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy Serda building," 8 Sep. 2019 The biggest increase in training flights is at the Coupeville airstrip, which is located in a rural area south of Oak Harbor. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Feds give new scrutiny to clash between Whidbey Island Navy jets and endangered seabirds," 7 Sep. 2019 His vehicle was found Monday afternoon on a rural property in Piney, which is located in the Canadian province of Manitoba along the Minnesota border. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Canadian army reservist under investigation for alleged 'racist extremist behavior' reported missing," 6 Sep. 2019 Carrying his son on his shoulders, Lowe held onto his neighbors as the group made their way to a nearby house, which was located five minutes away. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Blind Dad Carries Son on Shoulders Through Hurricane Dorian to Reach Safety: 'It Was So Scary'," 6 Sep. 2019 An overview of Job Corps, trades offered, where they are located, and expectations for Job Corps students. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 In it, he is said to be seen exiting a truck on the day of the flight and accessing the compartment where the navigation system was located. Fox News, "American Airlines mechanic allegedly tampered with plane in Miami to delay or cancel flight," 6 Sep. 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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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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