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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Linden House is ideally situated near the crossroads of Routes 185 and 10/202. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 Plus, the resort is ideally situated near beautiful scuba diving sites, multiple golf courses and plenty of natural beauty to explore. Vacation Express, USA TODAY, "Here are 5 places to make the most of your Punta Cana Vacation!," 29 May 2018 The city of Zaria in Nigeria is situated near a number of automobile manufacturing plants that, just a few short decades ago, used to produce Peugeots and Volkswagen Beetles. Eve L. Ewing, GQ, "Bomani Jones Has a Funny Joke for You," 15 May 2018 While humble in size, Jones and Haney’s memorial is situated near the museum to catch the eyes of as many guests coming and going as possible, inviting spontaneous conversation and opportunities for photographs. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans," 11 May 2018 Google Maps The volcano is situated near several small Hawaiian towns that could be affected by the latest eruption — especially if lava continues to flow for weeks, or even months. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Strongest Earthquake in 43 Years Rocks Kilauea: The Latest on the Hawaii Volcano Eruption," 4 May 2018 That's because it's situated in the Allegheny Mountains at nearly 2,000 feet above sea level. Daniel Rapaport,, "A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Preivew: Picks, History, Field, Odds," 4 July 2018 It was situated from whence William Lewis and Meriwether Clark launched their 1804 explorations due west, with then-President Thomas Jefferson’s blessing. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 It is situated about 50 kilometres from the border. Allie Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Report: An estimated 4.3 million Texan workers don’t have access to paid sick leave," 5 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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