Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To determine or specify the position or limits of: locate Albany on the map; managed to locate the site of the old artists' colony.
  • transitive v. To find by searching, examining, or experimenting: locate the source of error.
  • transitive v. To place at a certain location; station or situate: locate an agent in Rochester.
  • intransitive v. To become established; settle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
  • v. 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 (Note: the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)
  • v. (colloquial) To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
  • transitive v. To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of
  • transitive v. To discover the location or site of.
  • intransitive v. To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix in a place; establish in a particular spot or position; place; settle: as, to locate one's self in a certain town or street.
  • To fix the place of; determine the situation or limits of: as, to locate the site of a building; to locate, a tract of public land by surveying it and defining its boundaries; to locate a land-claim; to locate (lay out) the line of a railroad.
  • To reside; place one's self or be placed; adopt or form a fixed residence.
  • In the Meth. Ch., to appoint to a fixed charge or station.
  • In the Meth. Ch., to settle as a permanent preacher; cease to be itinerant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
  • v. discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
  • v. take up residence and become established
  • v. assign a location to

Etymologies

Latin locāre, locāt-, to place, from locus, place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin locatus, past participle of locato ("to place"), from locus ("place") (Wiktionary)

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  • locate , situate , posit , position are transitive verb and cannot be used as intransitive verb

    should say : something is located somewhere

    March 10, 2010