co·​lo·​cate | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce colocate (audio) , -lō-ˈkāt \
variants: or co-locate
colocated or co-located; colocating or co-locating; colocates or co-locates

Definition of colocate

: to locate (two or more things) together or be located together: such as
a transitive : to cause (two or more things) to be in the same place or close together They [fog signals] are usually co-located with another form of aid such as a light …Dutton's Navigation & Piloting 14th Edition These rings almost certainly have their origin in the release of dust from each of the four small satellites … which are colocated with the rings.— Carolyn C. Porco
b transitive : to place (two or more units) close together so as to share common facilities Staying with the relaxation theme, it will make sense to co-locate entertainment facilities, so your family and friends can occupy themselves during the training.— Erik Seedhouse
c transitive : to place (computer servers) together in a secure dedicated storage facility It has thousands of customers who pay handsomely to colocate servers in carrier-neutral data centers that are network and cloud interconnection hubs.— Bill Stoller
d intransitive : to be in the same location … announced May 18 that the Oregon School for the Blind and the Oregon School for the Deaf would co-locate on the OSD campus in Salem after the 2008-09 school year …— Bill Church

Other Words from colocate

colocation \ (ˌ)kō-​lō-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce colocate (audio) \ or co-location noun, plural colocations or co-locations
At our meeting in a construction trailer at the site in North Carolina's rural Rutherford County, Furlong tells me that in Facebook's early years it could get away with colocation (where one building houses servers for several companies) and then, as the company grew, with leasing entire data centers. — David Schneider et al.

Examples of colocate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miners often colocate to where power is abundant and free, which often means renewable hydroelectric or geothermal sources. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2021 Some of the nation’s biggest dry-ice makers, in fact, colocate their plants adjacent to those facilities, to make using the gas as easy as possible. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2020 Kurt Firnhaber, Housing and Human Services director, explained the plan is to colocate the homeless navigation services now offered at 30th Street with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless after the May closure. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of colocate

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Colocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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