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locate

[loh-keyt, loh-keyt] /ˈloʊ keɪt, loʊˈkeɪt/
verb (used with object), located, locating.
1.
to identify or discover the place or location of:
to locate the bullet wound.
2.
to set, fix, or establish in a position, situation, or locality; place; settle:
to locate our European office in Paris.
3.
to assign or ascribe a particular location to (something), as by knowledge or opinion:
Some scholars locate the Garden of Eden in Babylonia.
4.
to survey and enter a claim to a tract of land; take possession of land.
verb (used without object), located, locating.
5.
to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.
Origin of locate
1645-1655
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
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  • The game has been located, and Sir Donald can investigate at leisure.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • He felt along it, located the desk he sought for and scoured through it.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • It is located right on the river Inn, which rushes noisily through the middle of the town.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • I located it by accident—that is, in a way, it was an accident; of course, we had been searching for some time.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The point where he located was about half way between the base and top of Hurricane Hill.

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
British Dictionary definitions for located

locate

/ləʊˈkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find
2.
(transitive; often passive) to situate or place: located on the edge of the city
3.
(intransitive) to become established or settled
Derived Forms
locatable, adjective
locater, noun
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Word Origin and History for located

locate

v.

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.

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