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.
collocationalplay \ˌkä-lə-ˈkā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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Companies still rely mostly on their own infrastructure and multi-tenant data centers, including collocation facilities, the survey found.
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COLLOCATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collocation for English Language Learners
: use of certain words together
: a particular combination of words
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