col·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce collocation (audio) \

Definition of collocation

: the act or result of placing or arranging together the collocation of atoms specifically : a noticeable arrangement or conjoining of linguistic elements (such as words) "To save time" and "make the bed" are common collocations.

Other Words from collocation

collocational \ ˌkä-​lə-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce collocation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of collocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The risk of these writers’ style, with their short chapters and darting insights, is randomness, and sometimes this book, whatever its thematic claims, seems to consist of what has come under the author’s eye, an arbitrary collocation. Charles Finch, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of collocation

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collocation

see collocate

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“Collocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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