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 (lō′kāt′, lō-kāt′)
v. lo·cat·ed, lo·cat·ing, lo·cates
1. To determine or specify the position or limits of: locate Albany on the map; managed to locate the site of the old artists' colony.
2. To find by searching, examining, or experimenting: locate the source of error.
3. To place at a certain location; station or situate: locate an agent in Rochester.
To become established; settle: new businesses that have located in town.

[Latin locāre, locāt-, to place, from locus, place.]

lo′cat′a·ble adj.
lo′cat′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locating - the act of putting something in a certain placelocating - the act of putting something in a certain place
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
stratification - the placing of seeds in damp sand or sawdust or peat moss in order to preserve them or promote germination
juxtaposition, collocation, apposition - the act of positioning close together (or side by side); "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"
interposition, intervention - the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others
orientation - the act of orienting
planting - the act of fixing firmly in place; "he ordered the planting of policemen outside every doorway"
implantation - the act of planting or setting in the ground
repositioning - the act of placing in a new position
set - the act of putting something in position; "he gave a final set to his hat"
superposition - the placement of one thing on top of another
fingering - the placement of the fingers for playing different notes (or sequences of notes) on a musical instrument
superposition - (geometry) the placement of one object ideally in the position of another one in order to show that the two coincide
2.locating - a determination of the place where something islocating - a determination of the place where something is; "he got a good fix on the target"
determination, finding - the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation; "the determination of molecular structures"
echo sounding, echolocation - determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
References in classic literature ?
I understand, Tom," he said, "that you read my article in the magazine, about the possibility of locating some of the lost and buried cities of Honduras?
Currently, Find the Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to locating abducted children, has the names and pictures of abducted children, including those from foster care, on its Web site at findthechildren.
Moving the headquarters of these businesses implies locating in the above-mentioned cities their decision centers as well as maintaining the current geographical structure of the company.
The company's Child Locating System can instantly locate any member of a group throughout the park at any time using SafeTzone Locator(TM) wristbands, RF readers, and interactive LocationStation(TM) kiosks.
TelDig Systems' existing products are widely-deployed and used throughout North America by such leading utilities as Bell Canada, Enstar Natural Gas, Intermountain Gas Company, and contract locating companies such as On Target Locating.
AlphaTrak(TM) can be used in locating and disabling automobiles that are sold to the "credit challenged" market.
to install state-of-the-art, personal alarm locating systems in three of its federal prisons.
FLARE's RF signals can't be interrupted by human bodies, heavy clothing, building materials or smoke that impede other locating mechanisms.
Wireless Real-Time Locating Leader Announces New Corporate