Origin of situateMedieval Latin situatus, past participle of situare, to place ; from Classical Latin situs: see site
transitive verbsit·u·at·ed, sit·u·at·ing, sit·u·ates
- To place in a certain spot or position; locate: The statue is situated in the center of the fountain.
- To place in a given context, category, or set of circumstances: “It was hard for him to situate her in any of the usual categories reserved for women” (Jane Urquhart).
Origin of situateMiddle English, from Medieval Latin situare, situat-, to place, from Latin situs, location; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present situates, present participle situating, simple past and past participle situated)
- To place on or into a physical location. Most commonly used adjectivally in past participle.
- The statue is situated in a corner hardly visible to the public, except through a window from an outside maintenance area situated behind the building.
- To place or put into an intangible place or position, such as social, ethical, fictional, etc. Most commonly used adjectivally in past participle and often used figuratively.
- The mayor is situated between probable censure and possible recall.
(comparative more situate, superlative most situate)
- (now rare) Situated.