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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The food hall will be situated inside the historic Marietta Station buildings at 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Marietta Square food hall announces 12th restaurant," 11 July 2018 The 81-year-old justice was often situated near the ideological center of a high court divided into liberal and conservative camps, and often staked out positions sympathetic to individual freedoms. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Justice Kennedy’s Biggest Moments," 28 June 2018 The home, 2895 NE 26th Place, is situated on the west-side of the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Judith Zizzo,, "$3.29M Fort Lauderdale home among priciest June sales," 5 July 2018 Two other Dominion compressors, in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, are already situated along the same pipeline. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Dominion may move the compressor it planned to build across from Mount Vernon," 3 July 2018 His office has been situated there since the first day. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 The planet itself is situated just below and to the right. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The First Picture of a Newborn Planet," 2 July 2018 The city of Londonderry is situated on the border between the north and south of Ireland. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 The Crossroads of Louisville methadone clinic is situated on a dead-end road. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 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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