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[kol-uh-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of collocating.
  2. the state or manner of being collocated.
  3. the arrangement, especially of words in a sentence.
  4. Linguistics. a co-occurrence of lexical items, as perform with operation or commit with crime.
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Origin of collocation

1595–1605; < Latin collocātiōn- (stem of collocātiō), equivalent to collocāt(us) (see collocate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscol·lo·ca·tion·al, col·lo·ca·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Deem not this collocation simply a burlesque on Scientific categories.

    Life: Its True Genesis

    R. W. Wright

  • There was a fine shade of flattery in the collocation that touched the lawyer.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • What could come of such a collocation of names but a life of incongruity and absurdity!

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Return to textObserve the order of collocation in Genesis i: 5.

  • Then they are doing each other harm, at a rapid rate, by their collocation.

    To My Younger Brethren

    Handley C. G. Moule

British Dictionary definitions for collocation


  1. a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence
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Word Origin and History for collocation


mid-15c., from Latin collocationem (nominative collocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of collocare (see collocate). Linguistics sense is attested from 1940.

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