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[loh-keyt, loh-keyt] /ˈloʊ keɪt, loʊˈkeɪt/
verb (used with object), located, locating.
to identify or discover the place or location of:
to locate the bullet wound.
to set, fix, or establish in a position, situation, or locality; place; settle:
to locate our European office in Paris.
to assign or ascribe a particular location to (something), as by knowledge or opinion:
Some scholars locate the Garden of Eden in Babylonia.
to survey and enter a claim to a tract of land; take possession of land.
verb (used without object), located, locating.
to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.
Origin of locate
1645-55, Americanism; < Latin locātus, past participle of locāre to put in a given position, place; see locus, -ate1
Related forms
locatable, adjective
interlocate, verb (used with object), interlocated, interlocating.
prelocate, verb, prelocated, prelocating.
self-locating, adjective
unlocated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for locate
  • So my first job was helping people find the lots they couldn't locate and being in charge of the keys to the locked cabinets.
  • Scientists believe that whales vocalize to locate one another, to find mates, and to socialize.
  • locate your patio on level ground, out of wind and hot sun.
  • locate and cut the notches in the bottoms of them as you did for those in the first course.
  • If you aren't able to locate dry jack cheese, order from the maker.
  • The motion to strike out should also locate the word, provided it occurs more than once.
  • Before contacting us, check to see if you can locate your answer.
  • Using imaging sonar, divers can locate and then identify valuable logs.
  • The goal is to locate a monkey that isn't busy doing something else and isn't distracted by other monkeys.
  • My family is unable to locate any information on him.
British Dictionary definitions for locate


(transitive) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find
(transitive; often passive) to situate or place: located on the edge of the city
(intransitive) to become established or settled
Derived Forms
locatable, adjective
locater, noun
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Word Origin and History for locate

1650s, "to establish oneself in a place, settle," from Latin locatus, past participle of locare "to place, put, set, dispose, arrange," from locus "a place" (see locus). Sense of "mark the limits of a place" (especially a land grant) is attested from 1739 in American English; this developed to "establish (something) in a place" (1807) and "to find out the place of" (1882, American English). Related: Located; locating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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