[ ree-loh-keyt, ree-loh-keyt ]
/ riˈloʊ keɪt, ˌri loʊˈkeɪt /

verb (used with object), re·lo·cat·ed, re·lo·cat·ing.

to move (a building, company, etc.) to a different location: plans to relocate the firm to Houston.

verb (used without object), re·lo·cat·ed, re·lo·cat·ing.

to change one's residence or place of business; move: Next year we may relocate to Denver.

Origin of relocate

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; re- + locate
Related formsre·lo·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for re-locate

  • He took Freckles and set out to re-locate and examine the tree.

    Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for re-locate


/ (ˌriːləʊˈkeɪt) /


to move or be moved to a new place, esp (of an employee, a business, etc) to a new area or place of employment
(intr) (of an employee, a business, etc) to move for reasons of business to a new area or place of employment
Derived Formsrelocation, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-locate



1822, transitive, "to move (something, originally a road) to another place," from re- "back, again" + locate (v.). Intransitive sense of "settle again" is from 1841. Related: Relocated; relocating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper