locate

verb
lo·​cate | \ ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) , lō-ˈkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) \
located; locating

Definition of locate

intransitive verb

: to establish oneself or one's business : settle The company will locate north of the city.

transitive verb

1 : to determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of locate the lines of the property.
2 : to set or establish in a particular spot : station located the clock in the exact center of the mantel
3 : to seek out and determine the location of Try to locate the source of the sound.
4 : to find or fix the place of especially in a sequence : classify locating the reigns of the pastoral kings

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Other Words from locate

locatable \ ˈlō-​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce locate (audio) , lō-​ˈkā-​ \ adjective

Examples of locate in a Sentence

We tried to locate the border of the property. Can you locate your town on the map? The missing boy was located by police in the woods. The mechanic is still trying to locate the source of the problem. Reporters have been unable to locate the mayor for his comments. The company chose to locate its factory near the airport. The company located near the airport. His parents located in Ohio.
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Recent Examples on the Web So far, Egyptian authorities have refused to help Italian prosecutors locate the four agents. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Since then, extensive efforts by scientists and biologists to locate any remaining San Marcos gambusias have proved futile. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Oct. 2021 Davis-Beasley has two juvenile children living in the Birmingham area, but all efforts to locate their guardian have also failed. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2021 The distraught, vengeful Rob calls up Amir, and the two head into the city on a journey that takes them to posh restaurants and underground fight clubs in their efforts to locate Apple. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Prieto no longer works at Surfside and efforts to locate him Monday for comment were not immediately successful. Curt Anderson, ajc, 29 June 2021 Prieto no longer works at Surfside and efforts to locate him Monday for comment were not immediately successful. Curt Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 Prieto no longer works at Surfside and efforts to locate him Monday for comment were not immediately successful. Curt Anderson, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 The man was a volunteer who had just left the search area after efforts to locate Kiefer were called off for the day due to deteriorating weather conditions. Morgan Winsor And Anthony Kane, ABC News, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of locate

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for locate

Latin locatus, past participle of locare to place, from locus

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22 Oct 2021

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“Locate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locate. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for locate

locate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of locate

: to find the place or position of (something or someone)
: to put (something or someone) in a particular place
: to make an area, city, etc., your home or the place where your business operates

locate

verb
lo·​cate | \ ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce locate (audio) \
located; locating

Kids Definition of locate

1 : to find the position of Try to locate your neighborhood on the map.
2 : to settle or establish in a particular place The city located the new stadium downtown.

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