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1. The act of collocating or the state of being collocated.
2. An arrangement or juxtaposition of words or other elements, especially those that commonly co-occur, as rancid butter, bosom buddy, or dead serious.

col′lo·ca′tion·al adj.


of or relating to a collocation or collocations
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It displays the collocational type body and soule in 5 instances.
9) We suggest that the frequent coupling of the T-pronoun with terms for body parts, for instance, leads to a collocational force and the preferred selection of T by the noun, or the frequent co-occurrence of a form of mowen and Y may render this connection preferable regardless of semantic and pragmatic considerations.
6) So, the syntactic structure and collocational choices distinguish at least two major senses of "spikes" that an interpretation of Plath's poem must take into account.
For detailed arguments defending in linguistic as well as mythological terms the presence in the poem of a destinal force see Aguirre (1995a), (1995b), and (1998c); I argue in this last that a collocational analysis of wyrd forces us to the conclusion that the word inescapably means "fate".
Thus, the computer-identified line containing the word wife -- "which his son was bom, his beloved and amiable wife breathed her last in the" -- was found to contain four formations or patterns of words with collocational significance: his, beloved, amiable, and breathed her last.
We will be analysing the existence of collocational restrictions in the behaviour of these structures, focusing on the determiners that the deverbal noun admits, on the morphology of the head noun, especially its number, on its modification and also on the voice of the Composite Predicate structure.
On the basis of the survey above, we may conclude that there are important collocational patterns with post-genitives, but that sequences with genitive nouns are more restricted than those containing possessive pronouns.
Nakamura and Sinclair (1995) explored the possibilities of using collocational patterns to fix genre variation statistically.
Such an analysis has implications for a theory of language production which takes account of the idiomatic nature of much language use, a theory of language comprehension which takes account of the contribution of collocational units to textual cohesion, and a theory of language per se which takes account of the variable and probabilistic nature of such language units.
On the other hand, the phrase's collocational restrictions are quite stringent and idiom-like.
First, that collocational relations are an important part of the language to be mastered.
Under lexical selections, lexical innovation and collocational overlaps are also discussed.