Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌkɒl əˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of collocating.
2. the state or manner of being collocated.
3. the co-occurrence of words, esp. when habitual, as of perform with operation or commit with crime.
[1595–1605; < Latin]
col`lo•ca′tion•al, col′lo•ca`tive, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


The physical placement of two or more detachments, units, organizations, or facilities at a specifically defined location.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.


 a group or sequence formed by placing things side by side or in a place or position. e.g., words in a sentence or sound in music—Wilkes.
Examples: collocation of intervals and pores, 1684; of magazines, 1813; of poetry, 1873; of various metals, or inlaying them by way of ornament, 1881; of vowels and consonants, 1751; of words, 1750.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.collocation - a grouping of words in a sentence
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
2.collocation - the act of positioning close together (or side by side)collocation - the act of positioning close together (or side by side); "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"
locating, positioning, emplacement, location, placement, position - the act of putting something in a certain place
tessellation - the careful juxtaposition of shapes in a pattern; "a tessellation of hexagons"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˌkɒləˈkeɪʃən] Ncolocación f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


n (Gram) → Kollokation f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
While, therefore, an epic like the "Odyssey" is an organism and dramatic in structure, a work such as the "Theogony" is a merely artificial collocation of facts, and, at best, a pageant.
The conditions of the sentience had been here, he imagined, fulfilled in the method of collocation of these stones--in the order of their arrangement, as well as in that of the many fungi which overspread them, and of the decayed trees which stood around-- above all, in the long undisturbed endurance of this arrangement, and in its reduplication in the still waters of the tarn.
Now, of all words in the language, 'the' is most usual; let us see, therefore, whether there are not repetitions of any three characters, in the same order of collocation, the last of them being 8.
This expansion builds upon the growth of its collocation footprint in northern Virginia, in addition to its establishment at 350 East Cermak in Chicago, a large data centre buildings and the network hub for internet traffic in the mid western US.
Ughamadu said that the effort was part of the corporation's refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum product importation
As far as he can tell, this is the first published evidence of results from teaching collocation. He also explores student perceptions of studying collocations.
This work investigates a high-order Legendre collocation approach for approximating the solutions of the following fractional-order linear semi-explicit differential algebraic equation
(i) Strong forms: the finite point method (see [14]), The hp-meshless cloud method (see [15]), the collocation method (see [16]), and references therein.
[14] provided a comprehensive comparison of the Treffiz method, collocation, and other boundary methods, concluding that the collocation Treffiz method (CTM) is the simplest algorithm and provides the most accurate solutions with optimal numerical stability.
Having critically reviewed different theoretical perspectives on collocation, the authors argue in
How much collocation knowledge do L2 learners have?