tri·​an·​gu·​late | \ trī-ˈaŋ-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce triangulate (audio) \
triangulated; triangulating

Definition of triangulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to survey, map, or determine by triangulation
2a : to divide into triangles
b : to give triangular form to


tri·​an·​gu·​late | \ trī-ˈaŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce triangulate (audio) \

Definition of triangulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: consisting of or marked with triangles

Examples of triangulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The nominating committee needs to triangulate on the truth with a dispassionate, objective assessment of each candidate’s strengths and gaps. Alan Foster, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Who can triangulate between the countercultures of Left and Right and the real silent majority of Americans, who would like nothing more than the extremes to go away? Matthew Continetti, National Review, 23 Oct. 2021 Law enforcement and security agencies would additionally have the ability to triangulate these MEs with FAA registration data, to help pinpoint bad actors. Dawn Zoldi, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Also, triangulate on those objections with other key stakeholders. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 June 2021 This can create incentives for candidates to team up, or triangulate off one another. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 1 May 2021 Part of this could be down to the launch software taking an age to triangulate your position. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 This will triangulate your Industry 5.0 strategy and budgets to support the best outcomes and the greatest return on investment. Geoff Garrett, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Steve Arnold of Eureka Springs is looking for video to help triangulate the location. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the past, ecologists would take radio receivers into the field to painstakingly triangulate tigers’ locations once or twice a day in natural landscapes. Neil Carter, The Conversation, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of triangulate


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triangulate


Medieval Latin triangulatus, past participle of triangulare to make triangles, from Latin triangulum

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The first known use of triangulate was in 1766

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10 Nov 2021

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“Triangulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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