AskDefine | Define locate

Dictionary Definition



1 discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining; "Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?"; "My search turned up nothing" [syn: turn up]
2 determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey; "Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space"; "Locate the boundaries of the property" [syn: situate]
3 assign a location to; "The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles" [syn: place, site]
4 take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest" [syn: settle]

User Contributed Dictionary



From locatus, past participle of locare to place, from locus place. See local



  1. 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 - # 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
    That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located - # To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.







  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, locare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, locare#Italian|locare

Extensive Definition

Locate, locating, or locator may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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