[kol-uh-key-shuh n]
  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for collocative


  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 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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