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locate

[ loh-keyt, loh-keyt ]
/ ˈloʊ keɪt, loʊˈkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), lo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing.

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), lo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing.

to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.

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unearth, detect, pinpoint, spot, discover, station, strike, uncover, establish, reside, set, situate, park, stand, put, inhabit, read, position, place, determine

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locally compact space, locally euclidean space, locally finite set, locarno, locarno pact, locate, located, locatelli, locatelli, pietro, location, locative

Origin of locate

1645–55, Americanism; < Latin locātus, past participle of locāre to put in a given position, place; see locus, -ate1
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locate

/ (ləʊˈkeɪt) /

verb

(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
Derived Formslocatable, adjectivelocater, noun
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Word Origin and History for locate

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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