When you situate something, you figure out where it should go or exactly where it is. You might, for example, use a compass to situate the hunting camp you're building on your grandfather's land.

Your brother might decide to situate his drums in a far corner of the basement, where his banging is less likely to disturb the household. A land surveyor might use a GPS or satellite data to situate the boundaries of a particular property. In the 1530's, situate literally meant "to give a site to," from the Medieval Latin situare, "to place or locate," with the Latin root word situs, "place or position."

Definitions of situate
  1. verb
    determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
    synonyms: locate
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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
  2. verb
    put (something somewhere) firmly
    synonyms: deposit, fix, posit
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    place in the earth and cover with soil
    deposit as a sediment
    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
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