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 The officers rushed to the car wash, which is located across the street from Valley West Elementary School in the 10700 block of South Gessner. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police say officer kills armed man outside elementary school," 16 Sep. 2019 In 2017 Dr Pagano suggested this could be because of the orientation of the Eustachian tube, which is located just inside the eardrum, and connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. The Economist, "Neanderthals had a propensity for earache, nudging them to their doom," 12 Sep. 2019 For example, Fishtown, which is located above the Liberty Bell tourist scene, is full of good food and street art. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "5 things to do on your first trip to Philadelphia beyond the Liberty Bell," 12 Sep. 2019 The home, which is located in Magill, SA, is called the Woodforde House and was built in 1856. Cady Lang, Time, "Everyone's Taking a Spooky Journey Through a $1 Million Mansion That Might Also Be a Gate to Hell," 9 Sep. 2019 About 6,000 people are estimated to be buried on the four acre plot, their coffins stacked on top of one another at Hartford’s oldest cemetery, which is located near the corner of Main and Gold streets in Hartford. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford," 6 Sep. 2019 Forecasters say the category 3 storm, which was located 1,000 miles south of San Diego early Tuesday, will produce surf in the 2 foot to 4 foot range, with sets to 5 feet, at south-facing beaches. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hurricane Juliette will send elevated surf to San Diego County on Wednesday," 3 Sep. 2019 Monday was the final day for this year's state fair, which is located between the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Joe Sutton, CNN, "3 people hurt in shootings, 1 injured in crash at Minnesota State Fair," 3 Sep. 2019 To ensure the highest quality, Villa One is made using traditional methods and will be distributed and marketed by the Stoli Group and its Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery, which is located at the foot of Tequila Hill in Jalisco, Mexico. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Nick Jonas Gets in the Spirits Game, Teams Up With John Varvatos For Villa One Tequila," 28 Aug. 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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26 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for locate

The first known use of locate was in 1513

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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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