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Locate appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb locate:


The word locate and its family (located, locating, location, locations, relocate, relocated, relocates, relocating, relocation) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb locate

What does locate mean as a doing word?

Locate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: located | locating | locates

  1. discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
    • example: Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of locate: turn up
    • more generic words: find / regain = come upon after searching
    • more specific words:
  2. determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
    • examples: Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space | Locate the boundaries of the property
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of locate: situate
    • more generic terms: ascertain / determine / find / find out = establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
    • more specific words:
      • acquire = locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
      • radiolocate = locate by means of radar
      • map = locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
      • localise / localize / place = identify the location or place of
      • base = situate as a center of operations
  3. assign a location to
    • example: The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of locate: place / site
    • more generic words: place / post / send / station = assign to a station
  4. take up residence and become established
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of locate: settle
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: move = change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

Alternative definition of the verb locate


  1. [transitive] To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
  2. [transitive] 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
  3. [intransitive] [colloquial] To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.[rfex, intransitive].


"Locate" is a musical album of Steve Stoll.

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  1. locate, a Unix utility first created in 1983, serves to find files on filesystems. It searches through a prebuilt database of files generated by updatedb or by a daemon and compressed using incremental encoding. It operates significantly faster than find, but requires regular updating of the database. This sacrifices overall efficiency and absolute accuracy for significant speed improvements.
    • also known as GNU locate
  2. Locate: In finance, a locate is an approval from a broker that needs to be obtained prior to effecting a short sale in any equity security, i.e. to "locate" securities available for borrowing.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Locate

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Google previewThe Atlantic Monthly (1879)

Locate is an unlovely companion of lot in the doubtfulness of its nationality. It seems to have made its appearance in the last quarter of the last century, and whether first in England or in " America," it would be unsafe to say; and that question, ...

Google previewThe Waldenses of To-day (1879)

by George Edwin Waring

Locate is an unlovely companion of lot in the doubtfulness of its nationality. It seems to have made its appearance in the last quarter of the last century, and whether first in England or in " America," it would be unsafe to say; and that question, ...

Google previewThe Atlantic (1879)

Locate is an unlovely companion of lot in the doubtfulness of its nationality. It seems to have made its appearance in the last quarter of the last century, and whether first in England or in “ America,” it would be unsafe to say; and that question, ...

Google previewMTS, the Michigan Terminal System (1980)

For example, the second argument to Locate is an integer or bits variable which will receive a machine address.

Google previewThe Future of Higher Education (2011)

by Dan Clawson, Max Page

Businesses, as well, understand the importance of education, which is why they routinely report that the single most important factor in decisions about where to locate is the level and quality of education of the workforce (Cohen 2000; Ady ...

Google previewCampbell's Operative Orthopaedics (2012)

by S. Terry Canale, James H. Beaty

The easiest landmark to locate is the long head of the biceps, ...

Google previewThe Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs (2014)

by Jim Gardiner

Medium to large; sun or partial shade; flowers late spring to early summer; fertile, preferably acid soil Locate where there is good air circulation. Zone 5 Cornus florida 'Pink Flame' > This flowering dogwood is a deciduous shrub grown for its ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1996)

Volume 58 - Thermoplastics to Trays: Separation: Useful CaPatity by John J. McKetta Jr


Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. (Two Volume Set) (2009)

by Kenneth A. Reinert, Ramkishen S. Rajan, Amy Joycelyn Glass

Third, specialized suppliers often locate near clusters, again, lowering firms' costs and giving firms more choice in make-or-buy decisions. Fourth, when clusters exist, firms and states often make significant investments in infrastructure ...

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Quotes about Locate

Trust, but locate the doors.
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Scrabble value of L1O1C3A1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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