[ree-loh-keyt, ree-loh-keyt]

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 relocate

Contemporary Examples of relocate

Historical Examples of relocate

  • Again the orange sphere halted, as if trying to relocate its victim.

    The Whispering Spheres

    Russell Robert Winterbotham

  • All the boys went out West in an endeavor to relocate this claim.

    Dave Porter and His Double

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Still, it's quite likely that a friend of mine will relocate your old claim a little ahead of them.

    Delilah of the Snows

    Harold Bindloss

  • A Chinese refused to lease land where the Japanese wished to relocate their railway station.

  • He smiled once, winked twice, and three minutes afterward four men were on their way to relocate that pole.

    Homeburg Memories

    George Helgesen Fitch

British Dictionary definitions for relocate



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