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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for unlocated
Historical Examples
  • McNab asked for a patent of all the timber on the unlocated lots of the township.

  • Many of these areas or zones have been located by science, while others remain as yet unlocated.

    Your Mind and How to Use It William Walker Atkinson
  • Anderson patted her head reflectively as he solemnly drew his huge silver time-piece from an unlocated pocket.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Must immortelles of this common and saddening mortality be laid on his unlocated grave?

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Mr. Allan Stewart (late Treasurer of the Township) had inadvertently cut some timber on one of the unlocated lots in the township.

  • Individual speculators and sharpers had duped so many with their unlocated land-warrants, that every offer would be suspected.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • Val was dimly conscious of some disturbing point outside his range of vision; as it might be, the unlocated centre of a cyclone.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • He insisted that it was impracticable to fix the relative value of unlocated lands—it had been repeatedly tried without effect.

British Dictionary definitions for unlocated


(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 unlocated



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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