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

v determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey

show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
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

v put (something somewhere) firmly

deposit, fix, posit
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

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.