locate

verb
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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Spring is in the air, and the most beautiful baby blue flowers are currently blooming in their full glory on the coast of Japan in Hitachi Seaside Park, located about two hours from the city of Tokyo. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can See Japan’s Baby Blue Eyes Flowers on a Hill Overlooking the Pacific Ocean," 1 May 2019 The Gods Eye is a geographic area located slightly northwest of King's Landing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Theory Suggests Game of Thrones Already Revealed How to Kill the Night King," 18 Apr. 2019 The afternoon session was quicker overall with Bottas clocking 1 minute, 33.330 seconds on the track located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from downtown Shanghai. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Bottas, Vettel lead Chinese GP practice sessions," 12 Apr. 2019 Vermont Hemp is big business here, and CBD stores are located throughout the state. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 That’s how the system has worked ever since Alexander Hamilton got James Madison to back federal assumption of state debts in exchange for locating the nation’s capital on the banks of the Potomac River. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 The 6,505-square-foot home comes with 2 acres and is located just 5 miles from the Strip. Becky Bracken, Real Estate News and Advice | Realtor.com®, "'Pawn Stars' Star Chumlee Cuts Price on His Las Vegas Party Pad," 2 Oct. 2018 The penthouse is located in a new mixed-use development project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Ronan Farrow Scoops Up Lower East Side Penthouse for $5.65 Million," 1 May 2019 The shop will reportedly be located in the Park Theater at the MGM Grand, with sources reporting that the boutique will be near the entrance to the famed Las Vegas landmark. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga's Haus Beauty Line Is Reportedly Launching in May," 30 Apr. 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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locate

verb

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

locate

verb
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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