col·​lo·​cate ˈkä-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce collocate (audio)
collocated; collocating

transitive verb

: to set or arrange in a place or position
especially : to set side by side

intransitive verb

: to occur in conjunction with something

Examples of collocate in a Sentence

The word “college” collocates with “student.”
Recent Examples on the Web In the aftermath of the pandemic, IBM simply reopened 100 office locations across the country to see how individual employees and teams would use the opportunity to collocate. Amy Edmondson, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 Those influences informed the book’s free-flowing, kinetic layouts, which deliberately collocate images and text from across the decades (and even centuries)—meaning you can open the book at any point and find a way in. Liam Hess, Vogue, 15 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Latin collocatus, past participle of collocare, from com- + locare to place, from locus place — more at stall

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of collocate was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Collocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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