re·​lo·​cate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce relocate (audio) , ˌrē-lō-ˈkāt \
relocated; relocating; relocates

Definition of relocate

transitive verb

: to locate again : establish or lay out in a new place

intransitive verb

: to move to a new location

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Other Words from relocate

relocatable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈlō-​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce relocatable (audio) , ˌrē-​ˌlō-​ˈkā-​ \ adjective
relocation \ ˌrē-​lō-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce relocation (audio) \ noun

Examples of relocate in a Sentence

He relocated to Los Angeles for his new job. How can we convince more businesses to relocate to this city? The company decided to relocate its headquarters.
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Recent Examples on the Web That fall, Anita, who had been working as a secretary for the Air Force chaplaincy, was offered a promotion that would mean relocating to the Washington area. Abigail Jones, Washington Post, "What Schizophrenia Does to Families," 13 Jan. 2020 Most of the Oyo employees involved in the Japan venture have been laid off or relocated, current and former employees said. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Oyo Scales Back as SoftBank-Funded Companies Retreat," 13 Jan. 2020 During the last decade, expanding and relocating warehouse users have gobbled up almost 165 million square feet of D-FW industrial space. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW warehouse boom continues with millions of square feet of buildings on the way," 13 Jan. 2020 More than 1,400 jobs were eliminated overnight, though some workers relocated to other facilities across the country. cleveland, "Donald Trump tells Toledo crowd Ohio had its ‘best year economically,’ even as the state lost jobs," 10 Jan. 2020 While it's been rumored that the couple will relocate to Canada — where Meghan lived for years while filming Suits and where the couple recently spent the holidays — Meghan also has family in Los Angeles, making that another likely destination. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "People Are Blaming Meghan Markle For Her and Prince Harry's Decisions to Step Back From Royal Duties," 9 Jan. 2020 For nearly 35 years, the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign advertised a Silver Lake podiatry clinic on Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way but was removed in September after the clinic relocated. Los Angeles Times, "Felix, Little Man and other beloved Los Angeles logos," 2 Jan. 2020 This, of course, brings exhaust heat from the fire of combustion to areas that were previously shielded, and so the engineering team relocated the heat-sensitive ignition coil packs from atop the valve covers down to the sides of the engine block. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Now the Cradle of Texas Liberty looks to shed those fixtures with a master plan that calls for not only relocating the Cenotaph and entertainment attractions that line Alamo Street but also closing off that road to vehicle traffic. René A. Guzman,, "Happy New Year. Welcome to the new Roaring ’20s!," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of relocate

1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of relocate was in 1834

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relocate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of relocate

: to move to a new place

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