To place on or into a physical location. Most commonly used adjectivally in past participle. (verb)
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. (verb)
Examples of word situate
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.
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.
But let's keep "situate;" it's still on the upswing!
This form, "situate," may be Pater's archaism for situated, or it may simply be a typographic error in the original published edition.
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.