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 The name was meant to situate the group at the intersection of C.L.S. and the intractable questions of race. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 As the Times of Israel’s Amanda Borschel-Dan writes, biblical accounts treat the earthquake as a benchmark event, much like people today might use the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to situate stories in time. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2021 MacGillis takes us on a tour of all kinds of effects—gentrification, small- business bankruptcy, poverty, death on the job—all concentrated wherever Amazon chooses to situate a certain kind of work. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 The tales situate us in a timeless realm of icy waters, shape-shifting animals, and humans who must constantly strive to stay ahead of hunger and death. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 9 July 2021 During his recent speech to users, Mr. de Geus demonstrated how artificial-intelligence enhancements could allow Synopsys tools to automatically decide how best to situate and connect blocks of circuitry on a chip. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Loki also complicates the MCU’s tendency to situate its central conflict between two characters who represent opposing values. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 So, the curious ciphers and clues in these paintings situate their subjects within a complex web of cultural and political change. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 This increased accessibility to a growing variety of Black brands can situate Shop Circulate at the forefront of digital marketplaces. Joshua Burrell, Forbes, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of situate


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, 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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“Situate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of situate

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


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