Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To place in a certain spot or position; locate.
  • transitive v. To place under particular circumstances or in a given condition.
  • adj. Archaic Situated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To place on or into a physical location. Most commonly used adjectivally in past participle.
  • v. To place or put into an intangible place or position, such as social, ethical, fictional, etc. Most commonly used adjectivally in past participle and often used figuratively.
  • adj. Situated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a site, situation, or location; being in a relative position; permanently fixed; placed; located.
  • adj. Placed; residing.
  • transitive v. To place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a site or position to; place (among specified surroundings); locate.
  • To place in a particular state or condition; involve in specified relations; subject to certain circumstances: as, to be uncomfortably situated.
  • Placed, with reference to surroundings; located; situated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
  • v. put (something somewhere) firmly

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin situāre, situāt-, to place, from Latin situs, location; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin situātus, past participle of Medieval Latin situō ("to locate, place"), from Latin situs ("a site"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some opening titles situate us a bit, but that's it, and if you know nothing of the dirty protests or this particular period in the history of Irish-English relations, you will have only the vaguest idea of what is happening and why.

    Double Feature: Hunger

  • In January, 1679, a file of burdened men, some thirty in number, toiling slowly on their way over the snowy plains and "through the gloomy forests of spruce and naked oak trees," the priest accompanying with his altar lashed to his back, reached a favorable spot beside calm water several miles above the cataract: the site is identified as situate a little way above the mouth of Cayuga Creek, just outside the village of La Salle, in the State of New York.

    The French in the Heart of America

  • But let's keep "situate;" it's still on the upswing!

    Words

  • This form, "situate," may be Pater's archaism for situated, or it may simply be a typographic error in the original published edition.

    Plato and Platonism

  • Each of these actions warrants close examination, but first it is important to situate them in historical context and especially in the context of efforts by Republican presidents since Richard Nixon to greatly expand presidential powers.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • But if we situate its controversial coverage in a general climate of political profiteering and impunity of leaders, then Al Jazeera appears more a network on a mission, not only to report but to restore Arab dignity and replace muzzled politics with a new culture of civil dialogue.

    Nabil Echchaibi: Al Jazeera and the Promise of the Arab Revolution

  • The cloud systems I am interested in exploring acknowledge this legacy but also situate themselves one step closer to an interest in the particles themselves.

    Carla Leitao: Cloud Architecture

  • I press up against the lockers after final bell, waiting for Z to situate things in his backpack and get his lock secured just so.

    Camo Girl

  • He is problematic, of course, because of some attitudes that emerge in his texts; but newer approaches in critical theory situate London in his times and offer more options for understanding him and his writing.

    Interview With Susan Gatti

  • My mother, who had lived with this person for 53 years and knew him well, gave him a pad of paper to show her how they should situate the hospital bed in the living room.

    Katherine Dunn: The Final Sketch of a Life

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