Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To place together or in proper order; arrange side by side.
  • intransitive v. To occur in a collocation. Used of words: Rancid often collocates with butter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. (said of certain words) To be often used together, form a collocation; for example strong collocates with tea.
  • v. To arrange or occur side by side.
  • v. To set or place; to station.
  • n. A component word of a collocation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Set; placed.
  • transitive v. To set or place; to set; to station.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set or place together.
  • In civil law, to allocate or allot (the proceeds of a judicial sale) among creditors, in satisfaction of their claims.
  • Set or placed together.

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

  • v. have a strong tendency to occur side by side
  • v. group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side

Etymologies

Latin collocāre, collocāt- : com-, com- + locāre, to place; see locate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin collocāt-, ppl. stem of collocō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Often the clandestine decision to "collocate" a shiny new school in a hell-hole building is the first step toward closing a neighboring school.

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  • Note how often they collocate with verbs like claim, deny, suggest, suspect, as well as with modals like may.

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  • To be fair to Yule, he also includes dancing, swimming and skiing in his list of verbs that collocate with like, but I agree that with “I like dancing/swimming/skiing” there is a stronger implication that I am the performer.

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  • That sophisticated computers select the best words and collocate them in the best order.

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  • Also, I hope to use this blog to collocate some of the important papers, articles, websites, etc. that deal with the future of cataloging and metadata

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  • Biscuits and fish are often treated as identical, and so collocate awkwardly with many.

    On many

  • Now that Marty has made the decision that he will write a simple Perl script to pull collocates out of data for me I need to give him a more precise specification of a collocate.

    Khaos » 2008 » January

  • Carmen Dayrell wrote a paper on “A quantitative approach to compare collocation patterns in translated and non-translated texts” which contains a detailed section on how to decide what a collocate is.

    Khaos » 2008 » January

  • Then we need to decide how we will define a collocate.

    Khaos » 2008 » January » 13

  • And it also demonstrates how "such war-zone pragmatism is at odds with Army rules intended to bar women from units that engage in direct combat or collocate with combat forces."

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