lo·cate (lōkāt′, 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.]
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