What does locate mean?

Definitions for locate
ˈloʊ keɪt, loʊˈkeɪtlo·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. locate, turn upverb

    discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining

    "Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?"; "My search turned up nothing"

  2. situate, locateverb

    determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey

    "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space"; "Locate the boundaries of the property"

  3. locate, place, siteverb

    assign a location to

    "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"

  4. settle, locateverb

    take up residence and become established

    "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"


  1. Locateverb

    To discover the location or site of; as, to locate the source of a radio transmission; to locate a leak; to locate the malfunction in a system.


  1. locateverb

    To place; to set in a particular spot or position.

    The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter - B. F. Westcott

  2. locateverb

    To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of; as, to locate a public building; to locate a mining claim; to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant (Note: the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)

    That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located - H. Spencer

  3. locateverb

    To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle..

  4. Etymology: From locatus, past participle of locato, from locus


  1. locate

    To locate means to find the exact position or place of something or someone. It could also refer to the process of setting up a place or situation at a particular point or area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Locateverb

    to place; to set in a particular spot or position

  2. Locateverb

    to designate the site or place of; to define the limits of; as, to locate a public building; to locate a mining claim; to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant

  3. Locateverb

    to place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle

  4. Etymology: [L. locatus, p. p. of locare to place, fr. locus place. See Local.]

Editors Contribution

  1. locate

    To know intuitively the location of.

    We were able to locate the business easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  2. locate

    To know intuitively where an animal, person or thing is.

    They did locate the dog as he was in a neighbours garden.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'locate' in Verbs Frequency: #497

Anagrams for locate »

  1. coleta

  2. acetol

  3. colate

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of locate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of locate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of locate in a Sentence

  1. Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley:

    We’re just trying to locate and get her home safely.

  2. Johnny Flynn:

    If you have your renewable energy on the western seaboard, why not have the data storage where the renewable energy is and encourage tech clusters to locate along it ?

  3. Special Olympics:

    The individuals are all adults, five of whom are not Special Olympics athletes and one who is an adult with intellectual disability, the well-being of these delegates is our foremost concern. Local authorities have indicated they have no reason to believe the health and safety of any of the individuals is at risk. To expand the reach and effectiveness of law enforcement's efforts to locate these individuals, they have been reported as missing persons.

  4. Research Professor Suzanne Carbotte:

    Because the fault zone is so quiet seismically, we really don’t have a good picture of where the part of the fault that generates the big earthquakes is located. At other subduction zones, there are many small earthquakes recorded along the megathrust fault that scientists can use to locate the fault and study its properties, but not at Cascadia.

  5. Anka Mustapha:

    A very intense search is on to locate and rescue them.

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