- 1[transitive] locate somebody/something to find the exact position of someone or something The mechanic located the fault immediately. Rescue planes are trying to locate the missing sailors.
- 2 [transitive] locate something + adv./prep. to put or build something in a particular place synonym site They located their headquarters in Boston. compare relocate
- 3 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to start a business in a particular place There are tax breaks for businesses that locate in rural areas.
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NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they locate
he / she / it locates
past simple located
-ing form locating