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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.
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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
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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?"
Up to 40 technicians were invited to display their skills locating in one category, either gas, power, telecom and water categories.
Radiodetection's Web site says its RD4000 series is "best in class" for locating unit is described as being widely viewed as the industry standard, with the highest locate performance, multiple locate modes and ease of use for locating utilities, marking for construction, mapping or fault finding.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that some have decided to forego locating and negotiating with the original vendor.
By incorporating activities such as this one which began introducing basic research and material selection strategies during the first grade, I observed over time that the students from these first-grade classes, including those with special needs, demonstrated much more ability and depth in identifying and locating materials during later grades than those students who did not have the benefit of library skill development until later in their library media program.
Accordingly, some firms are locating backup centers in remote locations in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest.
Locating the choke area at the bottom of the sprue for tapered sprues or between the sprue box and the runner also is recommended.
Today, Elcombe's product line has expanded to include advanced monitoring software, adaptable wireless peripheral devices and the most accurate resident- locating systems in the industry.
The confidence gained from locating obstacles in ample time to react, without panic, is very important.
The first locating of underground utility lines was done by memory; i.e., 'they buried the gas line right here, six feet from this tree, as I recall.' Workers looked for clues, such as the position of valves, old ditch lines and repair patches.
Jim Wallace, executive vice president for SM&P Utility Resources, based in Carmel, IN, said, "One of the most difficult aspects of line locating is having poor customer plant records and/or poor plant integrity.