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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lo•cate /ˈloʊkeɪt, loʊˈkeɪt/USA pronunciation
v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
lo•cat•er, lo•ca•tor, n. [countable]See -loc-.
- to identify or discover the location of;
find:[~ + object]to locate a missing book.
- to establish (one's business or home) in a locality;
settle: [~ + object]They located their offices downtown.[no object]decided to locate in New Mexico.
- to assign a particular location to, as by knowledge or opinion:[~ + object]Some scholars locate the Garden of Eden in Babylonia.
(lō′kāt, lō kāt′),USA pronunciation v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
- 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;
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;
- Latin locātus, past participle of locāre to put in a given position, place; see locus, -ate1
- 1645–55, American.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
locate /ləʊˈkeɪt/ vb
- (transitive) to discover the position, situation, or whereabouts of; find
- (tr; often passive) to situate or place: located on the edge of the city
- (intransitive) to become established or settled