If you wanted to decide where to locate your car wash, you might locate a spot on a map with lots of traffic, a parking lot, and a ready source of water. Locate means to find or place.

If your mother can never locate her keys, it means she loses them all of the time and has to look all around the house before going out. If you move to a new place, usually for a job, you relocate. But if you decide to find a job that is located in your town, you call that staying local, which, like locate, derives from the Latin locus meaning "place."

Definitions of locate
  1. verb
    discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
    “Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?”
    synonyms: turn up
    dig up, excavate, turn up
    find by digging in the ground
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    bring to light
    nail, pinpoint
    locate exactly
    type of:
    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
  2. verb
    determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
    “Our sense of sight enables us to locate objects in space”
    Locate the boundaries of the property”
    synonyms: situate
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    locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
    locate by means of radar
    locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
    localise, localize, place
    identify the location or place of
    situate as a center of operations
    type of:
    ascertain, determine, find, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
  3. verb
    assign a location to
    “The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles”
    synonyms: place, site
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    type of:
    place, post, send, station
    assign to a station
  4. verb
    take up residence and become established
    synonyms: settle
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    colonise, colonize
    settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)
    settle in a new place
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