sit·​u·​ate | \ˈsi-chə-wət, -ˌwāt;ˈsich-wət\

Definition of situate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having a site : located


sit·​u·​ate | \ˈsi-chə-ˌwāt \
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


They decided to situate the new office building near the airport. We situated ourselves in the seats nearest the exit.

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Arts lovers would do well to wander the Crossroads Arts District, where the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, the Blue Gallery, Haw Contemporary (which has another location a mile west), and the Kim Weinberger Gallery are all situated. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Part of Luang Prabang’s modesty is attributable to its geography: The town is situated on a finger of land encircled by the Mekong on one side and the Nam Kahn River on the other; the sprawl that might otherwise happen here is physically impossible. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Most systems send electricity through floating inverters, although in some smaller installations the inverters are situated on land. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Floating solar is more than panels on a platform—it’s hydroelectric’s symbiont," 3 Nov. 2018 Prior to the election of President Donald Trump, anti-Semitic harassment and attacks were rare and unexpected, even for Jewish Americans who were prominently situated in the public eye. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Study: Online attacks on Jews ramp up before Election Day," 26 Oct. 2018 That was Herculaneum, which was situated only a few miles from the base of the volcano. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mount Vesuvius Caused Romans' Heads to Explode," 10 Oct. 2018 The town is situated along the famously stunning Highway 1, which runs along the Pacific Coast and recently reopened in the Big Sur area after a massive mudslide in 2017. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Weekend Travel Guide: Things to Do In California's Charming Carmel-by-the-Sea," 10 Aug. 2018 Tell me all about it: This four-bedroom New Hope home is situated directly on the Delaware River with views of Lambertville and the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Shannon Rooney,, "Three Bucks County homes with amazing outdoor spaces," 3 July 2018 The attraction, which opens Monday, is located in the northeast corridor of the park where its miniature golf had previously been situated. Lori Weisberg,, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of situate

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

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