- 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
- (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
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.