[ loh-key-shuhn ]
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  1. a place of settlement, activity, or residence: This town is a good location for a young doctor.

  2. a place or situation occupied: a house in a fine location.

  1. a tract of land of designated situation or limits: a mining location.

  2. Movies. a place outside of the studio that is used for filming a movie, scene, etc.

  3. Computers. any position on a register or memory device capable of storing one machine word.

  4. the act of locating; state of being located.

  5. Civil Law. a letting or renting.

Idioms about location

  1. 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

First recorded in 1585–95; from Latin locātiōn-, stem of locātiō “arrangement, rental,” in Late Latin: “placement,” equivalent to locate + -ion

Other words from location

  • lo·ca·tion·al, adjective
  • lo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·lo·ca·tion, noun
  • non·lo·ca·tion, noun

Words that may be confused with location

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How to use location in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for location


/ (ləʊˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. a site or position; situation

  2. the act or process of locating or the state of being located

  1. a place outside a studio where filming is done: shot on location

  2. (in South Africa)

    • a Black African or Coloured township, usually located near a small town: See also township (def. 4)

    • (formerly) an African tribal reserve

  3. computing a position in a memory capable of holding a unit of information, such as a word, and identified by its address

  4. Roman law Scots law the letting out on hire of a chattel or of personal services

Origin of location

C16: from Latin locātiō, from locāre to place

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