transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to mark off or designate the site of (a mining claim, etc.)
- to establish in a certain place: offices located downtown
- to discover the position of after a search: to locate a lost object
- to show the position of: to locate Guam on a map
- to assign to a particular place, function, occupation, etc.
Origin of locatefrom Classical Latin locatus, past participle of locare, to place from locus: see local
Informal to make one's home or headquarters; settle: to locate in Boston
verblo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing, lo·cates
- To determine or specify the position or limits of: locate Albany on the map; managed to locate the site of the old artists' colony.
- To find by searching, examining, or experimenting: locate the source of error.
- To place at a certain location; station or situate: locate an agent in Rochester.
To become established; settle: new businesses that have located in town.
Origin of locateLatin locāre locāt- to place from locus place
(third-person singular simple present locates, present participle locating, simple past and past participle located)
- To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
- To find out where something is located.
- 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.)
- (intransitive, colloquial) To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.