Definition of location noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ləʊˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊˈkeɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] a place where something happens or exists; the position of something a honeymoon in a secret location What is the exact location of the ship? Synonymsplacesite area position point location scene spot venueThese are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where somebody/​something is situated or happens.place a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc, especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:This would be a good place for a picnic.site the place where something, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where something happened or that is used for a particular purpose:They’ve chosen a site for the new school.area a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose; a particular place on an object:the hotel reception area Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen.position the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where somebody/​something is meant to be:From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. The position of somebody/​something is often temporary: the place where somebody/​something is at a particular time.point a particular place within an area, where something happens or is supposed to happen:the point at which the river divideslocation a place where something happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:The company is moving to a new location.scene a place where something happens, especially something unpleasant:the scene of the accidentspot a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where something particular happens:The lake is one of the local beauty spots.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.Patterns at a place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​scene/​spot/​venue in a(n) place/​area/​position/​location/​venue the place/​site/​point/​location/​spot/​venue where… the right place/​site/​position/​location/​spot/​venue a central site/​position/​location/​venue the/​somebody’s/​something’s exact/​precise place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​spot Wordfinderaccommodation, deed, home, house, lease, let, location, mortgage, squat, tenant Wordfinderisolated, location, neighbourhood, outskirts, provincial, residential, rough, rural, suburban, urban
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a place outside a film studio where scenes of a film/movie are made A mountain in the Rockies became the location for a film about Everest. The movie was shot entirely on location in Italy. Wordfinderactor, cameraman, cinema, dialogue, director, dub, film, location, scenario, sound effect See related entries: Film reviews and promotion, Making films
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of finding the position of somebody/something Location of a suitable site may take some time.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin locatio(n-), from the verb locare, from locus ‘place’.Extra examples He couldn’t pinpoint her exact location because of some kind of interference. The equipment allows sailors to read their geographical coordinates for any given location. The film is being made on location in India. The map shows the exact location of the mine. The meeting is taking place at a secret location. We selected these two locations because they offer a range of services. We still do not know the precise location of the crash. the exotic locations they filmed in Please tell us your exact location. Several factors affect the choice of location for new business premises. The company is moving to a new location. The hotel is in a central location near the market place. The location of the nests is not being disclosed. They got married at a secret location in Scotland.
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