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locate definition


This page has 9 definitions of locate in English, Italian, and Latin. Locate is a verb and participle. Examples of how to use locate in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English locate definition


Borrowed from Latin locātus, past participle of loco (to place), from locus (place).



locate (third-person singular simple present locates, present participle locating, simple past and past participle located)

  1. (transitive) To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
    • 1881, Brooke Foss Westcott, The New Testament in the Original Greek
      The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.
  2. (transitive) To find out where something is located.
  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
    • 1862-1892, Herbert Spencer, System of Synthetic Philosophy
      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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Italian locate definition

Etymology 1



  1. inflection of locare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2


locate f pl

  1. feminine plural of locato


Latin locate definition



  1. vocative masculine singular of locātus