• IPA: /ˈsɪt͡ʃueɪt/

situate (situates, present participle situating; past and past participle situated)

  1. (transitive) To place on or into a physical location.
    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.
  2. (transitive) 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.
Related terms Adjective


  1. (now rare) Situated.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , II.ii.3:
      Wadley in Berkshire is situate in a vale, though not so fertile a soil as some vales afford […].
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Pleasure situate in hill and dale.
    • 1938, letter from South African Secretary for Native Affairs to N L Henwood:
      […] the farm Kafferskraal No. 62 is not situate within a released area and its acquisition by the South African Native Trust is consequently not contemplated.
  2. (heraldry) Situated; located.

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