Definition of locate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    locate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they locate
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it locates
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪts//
     
    past simple located
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle located
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form locating
    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] locate somebody/something to find the exact position of somebody/something The mechanic located the fault immediately. Rescue planes are trying to locate the missing sailors.
  2. 2  [transitive] locate something + adv./prep. to put or build something in a particular place synonym site They located their headquarters in Swindon. compare relocate
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (especially North American English) to start a business in a particular place There are tax breaks for businesses that locate in rural areas.
  4. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin locat- ‘placed’, from the verb locare, from locus ‘place’. The original sense was as a legal term meaning ‘let out on hire’, later (late 16th cent.) ‘assign to a particular place’, then (particularly in North American usage) ‘establish in a place’. The sense ‘discover the exact position of’ dates from the late 19th cent.Extra examples Courtrooms are typically located in the interior of the building. She took time to help me locate research materials. Some stars are quite easy to locate with a telescope. The Web connects members regardless of where they are located geographically. The company has increased the share of jobs located overseas. The hotel is centrally located between Dam Square and Central Station. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the beach. The machine can accurately locate radioactive material. Tribal lands are primarily located in remote rural regions. Two people can meet in virtual reality even if physically located in different continents. We haven’t yet been able to locate a suitable site. Your accommodation is conveniently located within walking distance of the town centre. Divers were sent down to try and locate the wreck. The offices are conveniently located just a few minutes from the main station. They located their headquarters in Paris. We tried to locate the source of the sound.
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