Definition of collocate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkäləˌkāt/ /ˈkɑləˌkeɪt/ /ˈkäləkət/ /ˈkɑləkət/

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  • 1Linguistics
    no object (of a word) be habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance.

    ‘“maiden” collocates with “voyage.”’
    • ‘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).’
  • 2rare with object Place side by side or in a particular relation.

    as adjective collocated ‘McAndrew was a collocated facility with Argentia Naval Station’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upon completion of the amphibious recon course, candidates then undertake a basic parachute course at the RTMC parachute school collocated with the Special Warfare School at Sattahip.’
    • ‘While not collocated with their SF comrades, the detachment endured similar types of environmental hardship and isolation that was a feature of service in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Getting the right information collocated all together in the same place on screen in your code lets you see certain types of problems and fix them right away.’
    • ‘I agree that there need to be more CA specialists collocated with maneuver units.’
    • ‘The U.S. Army is quietly making a radical change in its personnel policy that may well see the 3rd Infantry Division redeploy to Iraq early next year with mixed-sex support companies collocated with combat units.’
    • ‘Experts for employing these attachments came from the attachments and from the expertise of numerous elements collocated with the engineer battalion TOC in the BCT main CP.’
    • ‘Indeed, given the ubiquity of such threats, support troops collocated with the combat units they support probably are safer than those on their own, as the Jessica Lynch incident revealed.’
    • ‘But it is less ambitious and adventurous than Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Love's Labour's Lost, both of which try to collocate themselves between two existing cinematic traditions.’
    • ‘Video teleconferencing obviates the need to collocate staffs and reduces ambiguity in commanders' intentions.’
    • ‘This is a logical option, since the GOMAFFOR's headquarters will not necessarily be collocated with the AEG or AEW.’
    • ‘Soldiers in a Special Forces support company often are collocated with the units they support in remote firebases in Central and South America.’
    • ‘And to facilitate enhanced interaction between lab disciplines, workstations needed to be collocated.’
    • ‘They should be collocated to ensure airlift needs are effectively met.’
    • ‘The one caveat to that would be if the assets were collocated at the actual fighting location.’


  • A word that is habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance.

    ‘collocates for the word “mortgage” include “lend” and “property.”’
    • ‘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.’


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