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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.
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a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence
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(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.
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The physical placement of two or more detachments, units, organizations, or facilities at a specifically defined location.
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 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.
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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"
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[ˌkɒləˈkeɪʃən] Ncolocación f
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n (Gram) → Kollokation f
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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.
Collocations and Action Research: Learning Vocabulary Through Collocations
In English, these recurring (semi-) fixed word combinations include idioms (steal the show), phrasal verbs (drop out), and collocations (run a shop), to mention a few well-known categories.
(4) term-embedding collocations, i.e., collocates of terms which embed terms in cognitive scripts, evidencing their combinatory properties (e.g., to hold shares);
It is also significant to note that 5942 collocations (1) have been selected from the corpora of four languages.
Midpoint collocations include only the Case 1 (t [right arrow] [t.sup.0], [t.sup.0] [not member of] {0, L}), whereas nodal collocations contain both the Case 1 and the Case 2 (t [right arrow] [t.sup.0], [t.sup.0] [member of] {0, L}).
According to Tajalli as cited in Shiravani [25], "different terms are employed by different writers to refer to the so- called coming- together-of word associations, lexical co-occurrence, recurrent combinations, and more frequently than all, collocations".
Having critically reviewed different theoretical perspectives on collocation, the authors argue in