[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. relive,
  2. relleno,
  3. rellies,
  4. reload,
  5. relocatable,
  6. relocation,
  7. relocation costs,
  8. relocator,
  9. relucent,
  10. reluct

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

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British Dictionary definitions for relocate


/ (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 relocate



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