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locate

[loh-keyt, loh-keyt]
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verb (used with object), lo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), lo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing.
  1. to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.
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Origin of locate

1645–55, Americanism; < Latin locātus, past participle of locāre to put in a given position, place; see locus, -ate1
Related formslo·cat·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·lo·cate, verb (used with object), in·ter·lo·cat·ed, in·ter·lo·cat·ing.pre·lo·cate, verb, pre·lo·cat·ed, pre·lo·cat·ing.self-lo·cat·ing, adjectiveun·lo·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prelocate

locate

verb
  1. (tr) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find
  2. (tr; often passive) to situate or placelocated on the edge of the city
  3. (intr) to become established or settled
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Derived Formslocatable, adjectivelocater, noun
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Word Origin and History for prelocate

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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