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sit·​u·​ate ˈsi-chə-wət How to pronounce situate (audio)
: having a site : located


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sit·​u·​ate ˈsi-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce situate (audio)
situated; situating

transitive verb

: to place in a site, situation, context, or category : locate

Example Sentences

Verb They decided to situate the new office building near the airport. We situated ourselves in the seats nearest the exit.
Recent Examples on the Web
Add Accent Trees To add beauty and additional shade to a front yard, carefully situate accent trees between the street and the house. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Feb. 2023
Due diligence, as always, is an important part of the process, and being proactive will situate investors, CPAs, and tax preparers for success moving forward. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 For starters, situate yourself outside and away from all light pollution. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 On a floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out the crust and then situate it in a 9-inch pie pan, folding the rough edges under and crimping them. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 With that landfill now prohibited from further growth absent approval through a town vote, Casella is gazing 7 miles north, hoping to situate a new dump in Dalton, a town that is home to 900 people and zero stoplights. Bill Donahue,, 19 Jan. 2023 The tech company would open a flagship store on the first floor and situate the DC History Center on the second floor. William Wan, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2022 And isn’t childhood the time to figure out your identity, to suss out how to situate yourself among your peers and amid your environment? Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2022 Mayor Lori Lightfoot has promised to welcome and help situate the migrants with open arms. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 8 Oct. 2022 Officials have been reviewing the forest preserve site for where and how to situate the enclosure. Robert Mccoppin, Chicago Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Late Latin situatus, from Latin situs

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of situate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Situate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


situated; situating
: to place in a site or situation : locate
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