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[loh-key-shuh n] /loʊˈkeɪ ʃən/
a place of settlement, activity, or residence:
This town is a good location for a young doctor.
a place or situation occupied:
a house in a fine location.
a tract of land of designated situation or limits:
a mining location.
Movies. a place outside of the studio that is used for filming a movie, scene, etc.
Computers. any position on a register or memory device capable of storing one machine word.
the act of locating; state of being located.
Civil Law. a letting or renting.
on location, Movies. engaged in filming at a place away from the studio, especially one that is or is like the setting of the screenplay:
on location in Rome.
Origin of location
1585-95; < Latin locātiōn- (stem of locātiō) a placing. See locate, -ion
Related forms
locational, adjective
locationally, adverb
interlocation, noun
nonlocation, noun
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You go straight ahead and select any location you like," said Marian.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • They were willing to tell the location of the bandit stronghold.

  • They had evidently discovered the location of the cellar, and were enjoying themselves.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • You know its location: a mile, perhaps, from Gatun Dam and the spillway.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • They then landed to select a location for their colonial village.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for location


a site or position; situation
the act or process of locating or the state of being located
a place outside a studio where filming is done: shot on location
(in South Africa)
  1. a Black African or Coloured township, usually located near a small town See also township (sense 4)
  2. (formerly) an African tribal reserve
(computing) a position in a memory capable of holding a unit of information, such as a word, and identified by its address
(Roman law, Scots law) the letting out on hire of a chattel or of personal services
Word Origin
C16: from Latin locātiō, from locāre to place
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Word Origin and History for location

"position, place," 1590s, from Latin locationem (nominative locatio), noun of action from past participle stem of locare (see locate); Hollywood sense of "place outside a film studio where a scene is filmed" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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