sit·​u·​ate | \ ˈsi-chə-wət How to pronounce situate (audio) , -ˌwāt; ˈsich-wət \

Definition of situate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a site : located


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

Definition of situate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of situate in a Sentence

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: Verb According to its website, Naval Air Station Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. Greg Hanlon,, "3 Innocent People and Suspect Killed, 7 Injured in Florida Naval Base Shooting," 6 Dec. 2019 The starbirth region, situated in our Milky Way galaxy, is one of the brightest nebulae and visible to the naked eye. Fox News, "Stunning NASA image shows Great Nebula in Orion," 31 Oct. 2019 White Pond is one such natural lake, situated in southern Kershaw County, South Carolina. Christopher R. Moore, The Conversation, "New evidence that an extraterrestrial collision 12,800 years ago triggered an abrupt climate change for Earth," 22 Oct. 2019 Eiselen grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa, a city situated in wine country just outside Cape Town. Jonah Dylan,, "Over 7,000 miles from home, Yale’s Dieter Eiselen makes his mark on the Ivy League," 19 Sep. 2019 Green Acres is not the only neighborhood with transformers and other utility equipment situated fully underground in vaults that will need to be replaced in the coming years. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "If Palo Alto residents want underground utility boxes, they’ll have to foot the bill," 16 Sep. 2019 There will also be vendors situated in the foyer and hallways leading to classrooms where workshops will be held on topics such as Irish History, Irish Literature, Harp Technique, Ceili Dancing, Singing in Irish for Children and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Sublime with Rome, Queen Nation and a weed smackdown," 8 Aug. 2019 Sarnelle’s video essay situates this unmanned event within a history of excess and naïveté in mass celebratory spectacle, reflecting current fanfare around high-profile commercial/industrial development projects. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "This art show is offbeat, irresistible, the most rousing show of 2019 — and a mock Amazon warehouse," 16 Dec. 2019 The veteran foreign service officers delivered heartfelt history lessons about Ukraine, a young and hopeful democracy, situated next to Russia but reaching out to the West. Washington Post, "Diplomats accuse Trump as impeachment hits Americans’ TVs," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of situate


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for situate


Middle English, from Late Latin situatus, from Latin situs

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

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Cite this Entry

“Situate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of situate

formal : to place (someone or something) in a particular location

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