[ 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.

  1. to assign or ascribe a particular location to (something), as by knowledge or opinion: Some scholars locate the Garden of Eden in Babylonia.

  2. 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.
  1. to establish one's business or residence in a place; settle.

Origin of locate

An Americanism first recorded in 1645–55; from Latin locātus “placed,” past participle of locāre “to put in a given position, place,” verb derivative of locus “a place”; see locus

Other words from locate

  • lo·cat·a·ble, adjective
  • in·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, adjective
  • un·lo·cat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby locate

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How to use locate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for locate


/ (ləʊˈkeɪt) /

  1. (tr) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find

  2. (tr; often passive) to situate or place: located on the edge of the city

  1. (intr) to become established or settled

Derived forms of locate

  • locatable, adjective
  • locater, noun

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