locate
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ləʊˈkeɪt/, /ləˈkeɪt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈloʊkeɪt/, /loʊˈkeɪt/
Verb

locate (locates, present participle locating; past and past participle located)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To find out where something is located.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He […] played a lone hand, […]. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  3. (transitive) To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of (Note: the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)
    The council must locate the new hospital
    to locate a mining claim
    to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant
    • That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To place oneself; to take up one's residence; to settle.
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