- 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.
- to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.
Origin of locate
Examples from the Web for locate
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
Nolte could not locate a “Barry” that fit the details listed in Dunham's essay.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
He became determined to locate other victims who would testify to abuses that could put Lebovits behind bars.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
By June, the school finally responded, though only with notification of fees for staff to locate and photocopy the documents.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
Ever since, they have been run in circles as they try to locate Osman.Hundreds Disappear in Gaza
August 11, 2014
At a place which I cannot locate our German conductors were exchanged for French conductors.My Double Life
He tensed, straining his ears for any movement that might locate the hidden foe.Slaves of Mercury
In the meantime our present work must be to endeavor to locate their cache.The Law-Breakers
Its use will help to locate the plant in hand in the genus to which it belongs.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
There was a change somewhere, and he was trying to locate it.The Education of Eric Lane
- (tr) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find
- (tr; often passive) to situate or placelocated on the edge of the city
- (intr) to become established or settled
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.