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Detect vs. Locate

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Detectverb

to discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing

Locateverb

(transitive) To place; to set in a particular spot or position.

Detectadjective

(obsolete) Detected.

Locateverb

(transitive) To find out where something is located.

Detectadjective

Detected.

Locateverb

(transitive) To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of (Note: the designation may be purely descriptive: it need not be prescriptive.)

‘The council must locate the new hospital’; ‘to locate a mining claim’; ‘to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant’;

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Detectverb

To uncover; to discover; to find out; to bring to light; as, to detect a crime or a criminal; to detect a mistake in an account.

‘Plain good intention . . . is as easily discovered at the first view, as fraud is surely detected at last.’; ‘Like following life through creatures you dissect,You lose it in the moment you detect.’;

Locateverb

To place oneself; to take up one's residence; to settle.

Detectverb

To inform against; to accuse.

‘He was untruly judged to have preached such articles as he was detected of.’;

Locateverb

To place; to set in a particular spot or position.

‘The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter.’;

Detectverb

discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;

‘She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water’; ‘We found traces of lead in the paint’;

Locateverb

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.

‘That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located.’;

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Locateverb

To discover the location or site of; as, to locate the source of a radio transmission; to locate a leak; to locate the malfunction in a system.

Locateverb

To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle; as, to locate in Seattle.

Locateverb

discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining;

‘Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?’; ‘My search turned up nothing’;

Locateverb

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’;

Locateverb

assign a location to;

‘The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles’;

Locateverb

take up residence and become established;

‘The immigrants settled in the Midwest’;

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Locateverb

discover the exact place or position of

‘engineers were working to locate the fault’;

Locateverb

situate in a particular place

‘these popular apartments are centrally located’;

Locateverb

place within a particular context

‘they locate their policies in terms of wealth creation’;

Locateverb

establish oneself or one's business in a specified place

‘his marketing strategy has been to locate in small towns’;

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