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- the act of collocating.
- the state or manner of being collocated.
- the arrangement, especially of words in a sentence.
- Linguistics. a co-occurrence of lexical items, as perform with operation or commit with crime.
Origin of collocation
1595–1605;Related formscol·lo·ca·tion·al, col·lo·ca·tive, adjective
< Latin collocātiōn-
(stem of collocātiō
), equivalent to collocāt(us
) (see collocate
) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for collocative
- 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 collocative
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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