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
Often the clandestine decision to "collocate" a shiny new school in a hell-hole building is the first step toward closing a neighboring school.
Note how often they collocate with verbs like claim, deny, suggest, suspect, as well as with modals like may.
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.
That sophisticated computers select the best words and collocate them in the best order.
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
Biscuits and fish are often treated as identical, and so collocate awkwardly with 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.
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.
Then we need to decide how we will define a collocate.
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."