Definition of collocate in English:

collocate

Line breaks: col¦lo|cate

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒləkeɪt
 
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1 [no object] Linguistics (Of a word) be habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance: ‘maiden’ collocates with ‘voyage’
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  • Although there are some neutral descriptive adjectives used with the word, such as 66 year old, disabled, or American, the majority of words collocating with spinster are negative.
  • An item that collocates with another is its collocate.
  • One aspect of heavy is that it collocates with drinker and smoker (heavy drinker, heavy smoker), but not with eater or spender (* heavy eater, * heavy spender).
2 [with object] rare Place side by side or in a particular relation: (as adjective collocated) McAndrew was a collocated facility with Argentia Naval Station
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  • The SUBTICS combat management system, with up to six multifunction common consoles and a centrally situated tactical table, is collocated with the platform-control facilities.
  • The Army War College is situated alone at Carlisle Barracks, whereas the other senior service institutions are collocated with at least one other educational or training facility.
  • These weapon system teams will be composed of elements from the PM, Acquisition Center, IMMC, SAMD and the AMRDEC, with a majority of personnel physically collocated with the PM.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒləkət
 
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Linguistics Back to top  
A word that is habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance: collocates for the word ‘mortgage’ include ‘lend’ and ‘property’
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  • An item that collocates with another is its collocate.
  • The node column consists only of words from the categories, while the collocates are any and all words which occur within the given span.

Origin

early 16th century (in sense 2 of the verb): from Latin collocat- 'placed together', from the verb collocare, from col- 'together' + locare 'to place'. sense 1 of the verb dates from the 1950s.

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