Meaning of “locate” in the English Dictionary

"locate" in British English

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locateverb

uk /ləʊˈkeɪt/ us /loʊˈkeɪt/

locate verb (BE SITUATED)

be located in, near, on, etc.

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  • The pharmacy is located within the hospital.
  • The school is located near the river.
  • The houses will be located on the outskirts of town.
  • The palace was located in the middle of a forest.
  • The factory was located too close to a residential area.

B1 to be in a particular place:

Our office is located in midtown Manhattan.

locate verb (FIND)

B2 [ T ] to find or discover the exact position of something:

Police are still trying to locate the suspect.

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  • Engineers are endeavouring to locate the source of the problem.
  • Using their high-tech wizardry, the police were able to locate the owners of the stolen property within hours of it being seized.
  • Sniffer dogs located the drugs.
  • They were unable to locate the murder weapon.
  • We are trying to locate a new supplier for our coffee.

(Definition of “locate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"locate" in American English

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locateverb

us /ˈloʊ·keɪt, loʊˈkeɪt/

locate verb (FIND POSITION)

[ T ] to find or discover the exact position of something:

Archeologists have located the remains of an ancient temple.

locate verb (PUT IN PLACE)

[ I/T ] to put or establish something in a particular place:

[ T ] The company decided to locate its headquarters in Denver.

(Definition of “locate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"locate" in Business English

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locateverb

uk /ləʊˈkeɪt/ us PROPERTY

[ I or T ] to choose a particular place to start or build a business:

locate (sth) in sth Payments were offered to encourage companies to locate in Kansas.
We help people determine the most ideal cities to locate their businesses.
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be located

to be in a particular place:

They have substantial R&D activities which are located abroad.
be located at/in/on somewhere The company is located at 7100 Bayside Street, Fremont.
be located just outside/near/west of, etc. somewhere He is the co-owner of the Canyon mine, located 15 miles west of Hunter.
be centrally/conveniently located The resort is centrally located in an area visited by millions of tourists each year.

[ T ] formal to find someone or something:

After a period of time, a landlord is entitled to keep items left in the property if he is unable to locate the tenant.

(Definition of “locate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)