lo·​ca·​tor ˈlō-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce locator (audio)
variants or less commonly locater
: one that locates something (such as a mining claim or the course of a road)

Examples of locator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People who want to find where the closest COVID-19 vaccine is can use the federal vaccine site locator website. Sabine Martin, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2024 Fall detection devices – which involve GPS locators and automatic calls to emergency operators for people who cannot help themselves up – have existed for years. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2024 Customers are encouraged to use the company's store locator tool to confirm hours for their local McDonald's location. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 The county’s 23 public library locations can be found through the county’s library locator. Emma Uber, Washington Post, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for locator 

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of locator was in 1784

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“Locator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locator. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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variants also locater
ˈlō-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce locator (audio)
: one that locates something (as a mining claim or the course of a road)

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