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 For maximum benefit, situate your purifier in the center of the room, at least three feet away from walls and corners and elevated on a stool or table. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?," 19 Oct. 2020 Koepper and Brian Badie, the hair department head, did their homework to situate the audience squarely in 1955, which is when the majority of the show's timeline takes place. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How Lovecraft Country Got '50s Beauty So Right," 17 Oct. 2020 Koch showed her how to situate herself and which handrails and foot restraints helped most. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Who Knew a Space Toilet Could Mean So Much?," 12 Oct. 2020 Reforms to address those conditions might involve compromising some of the tenets of neoliberalism, but such efforts might also situate liberty on a firmer foundation. Fred Bauer, National Review, "How to Revive Family, Community, and Other Resources of Liberty," 12 Oct. 2020 The series does little to situate Onion as a narrator, let alone an unreliable one. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "‘The Good Lord Bird’ Is Good TV. But Mix Art and Slavery at Your Peril.," 6 Oct. 2020 His stylistic choices clearly situate the picture within the French New Wave, a movement popularized by François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Artel Great, The New Republic, "Black Cinema Matters," 11 Sep. 2020 Particularly admirable is Mikics’s attempt to situate Kubrick within larger filmmaking currents. Peter Tonguette, National Review, "The Sources of Stanley Kubrick’s Mystique," 3 Sep. 2020 Think of the colors assigned to the dots as coordinates which situate the dice in space. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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“Situate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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