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 Stepping back from the grim details to situate the upheaval in China’s broader history, Yang sees an inexorable dynamic at work. Barbara Demick, The Atlantic, "Uncovering the Cultural Revolution’s Awful Truths," 18 Dec. 2020 The administration will have to decide how exactly to situate cyber in the US diplomatic apparatus—given its entanglement with human rights and counterterrorism, free speech and modern trade, capacity-building and national security. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy," 25 Nov. 2020 Niagara Falls helped to make a landmark not just iconic but to situate it within the country’s national story. Washington Post, "You have until Nov. 22 to visit these six Smithsonian museums. Here’s what to expect.," 19 Nov. 2020 There have been books that try to situate the president in American history, to explain the present, and to ensure this doesn’t happen again in future. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Did Carlos Lozada Learn From Reading 150 Trump Books?," 15 Oct. 2020 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

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of situate

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

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