[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

Related Words for relocation

remotion, move

Examples from the Web for relocation

Contemporary Examples of relocation

Historical Examples of relocation

  • This would be immediately after the relocation of the mine and the driving off of Cochise.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • And in making your relocation did you again pass through the graveyard?

    Pickett's Gap

    Homer Greene

  • This new migration was reinforced by the relocation of entire families.

  • The "notice" was already up, the "relocation" of our mine completed beyond recall, and the crowd rapidly dispersing.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Often when easy gold became scarce a claim was abandoned and open to relocation.

    The Pinos Altos Story

    Dorothy Watson

British Dictionary definitions for relocation



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 relocation

1746, in Scottish law, "renewal of a lease," noun of action from relocate. Meaning "act of relocating" is from 1837.



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