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EtymologyEdit

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

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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.
    • B. F. Westcott
      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.
    • 2013 May-June, Kevin Heng, “Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily?”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 184:
      In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter. Their densities range from that of styrofoam to iron.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      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
    • Herbert Spencer
      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.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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locāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of locātus