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

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.
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First Known Use of situate


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for situate


Middle English, from Late Latin situatus, from Latin situs

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“Situate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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