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


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

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That new building would be situated immediately south of the empty Sacred Heart complex., "Orange Beach-USA partner to put doctors on new city ambulances," 5 June 2019 Another row of agitators are situated below the bag, so when the handle is cranked, the laundry bag is turned between the two agitators to scrub the clothes. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "North Oaks eighth graders’ project could help astronauts do laundry in space," 3 June 2019 Ryan has situated his views on health care as part of a larger thrust of his campaign: rebuilding the middle class. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019 Opened in November 2016 by the owners of the revered Dunton Hot Springs resort and situated half a block from the gondola, the property is home to five guest rooms, perfectly appointed with a mix of Western antiques and chic Tyrolean fabrics. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 The storm, currently situated approximately 350 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, is moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the NHC said in their 8 p.m. ET update. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence charges towards East Coast as ‘monster’ storm, lawmaker says," 2 Oct. 2018 Among the region’s most covetable accommodations is the Adler Lodge, situated within a protected nature reserve. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 Weiwuying is situated within a 116-acre subtropical park in the heart of Kaohsiung, where a military training base once stood. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Taiwan Is Now Home to the World’s Largest Performing Arts Center," 20 Apr. 2018 But the 2014 episode also foreshadowed the show’s spiral into one of its worst subplots about torture and kidnapping, and underscored Scandal’s failure to situate Olivia within a black community. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, "The Episode That Captured the Best and Worst of Scandal," 19 Apr. 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

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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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