verb lo·cate \ ˈlō-ˌkāt , lō-ˈkāt \
Updated on: 20 Jan 2018

Definition of locate

located; locating
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


play \ˈlō-ˌkā-tə-bəl, lō-ˈkā-\ adjective

Examples of locate in a Sentence

  1. We tried to locate the border of the property.

  2. Can you locate your town on the map?

  3. The missing boy was located by police in the woods.

  4. The mechanic is still trying to locate the source of the problem.

  5. Reporters have been unable to locate the mayor for his comments.

  6. The company chose to locate its factory near the airport.

  7. The company located near the airport.

  8. His parents located in Ohio.

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Origin and Etymology of locate

Latin locatus, past participle of locare to place, from locus

locate Synonyms

ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, find, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up
miss, overlook, pass over
Related Words
espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seek
Near Antonyms
lose, mislay, misplace, misset

LOCATE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of locate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

LOCATE Defined for Kids


verb lo·cate \ ˈlō-ˌkāt \

Definition of locate for Students

located; locating
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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