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Orientate vs Locate - What's the difference?

orientate | locate |

As verbs the difference between orientate and locate

is that orientate is (uk|intransitive) to face (a given direction) while locate is to place; to set in a particular spot or position.




  • (UK) To face (a given direction).
  • (UK, reflexive) To determine one's position relative to the surroundings; to orient (oneself).
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  • He…stood for a moment, orientating himself exactly in the light of his knowledge.
    He came out of the station and took some time to orientate himself.
  • To arrange in order; to dispose or place (a body) so as to show its relation to other bodies, or the relation of its parts among themselves.
  • * E. S. Dana
  • A crystal is orientated when placed in its proper position so as to exhibit its symmetry.
  • (UK) To position (something), to align relative to a given position.
  • Try to orientate your students towards the science subjects.
  • (archaic) To move or turn toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east.
  • Usage notes

    * Generally considered an error in American English. orientate], in [http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html Common Errors in English Usage], by [http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/ Paul Brians Compare developmentation.


    * to orient


    English ergative verbs ----




  • To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
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  • The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.}}
  • To find out where something is located.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author=Kevin Heng
  • , volume=101, issue=3, page=184, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily? , passage=In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter. Their densities range from that of styrofoam to iron.}}
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  • The Bat—they called him the Bat.. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  • To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of; as, to locate' a public building; to '''locate''' a mining claim; to '''locate (the land granted by) a land warrant (''Note : the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)
  • * (Herbert Spencer)
  • That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located .
  • (colloquial) To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle.(intransitive)
  • Anagrams

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