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

Other Words from relocate

relocatable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈlō-​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce relocate (audio) , ˌrē-​ˌlō-​ˈkā-​ \ adjective
relocation \ ˌrē-​lō-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce relocate (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 Rife was mulling over an offer by her employer to relocate from Chicago to Los Angeles and still had nine days before the Jan. 15 deadline to make her decision. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 Cleveland Whiskey also won a TIFF last year on a project that will relocate its headquarters from East 25th Street to 601 Stones Levee Rd. Cleveland Business Journal, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 Australia’s Cumulus VFX has received a state government grant of A$1 million ($710,000) to relocate within New South Wales from Byron Bay to Ballina, where it will be linked to the Byron Studios that are now in development. Patrick Frater, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 Shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell voted almost unanimously on Dec. 10 to streamline the oil and gas major’s corporate structure and relocate its headquarters from the Netherlands to London. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2021 The congregation of Liberty Christian Church in Jefferson County, a house of worship since colonial times, paid $2,000 to relocate their building from just inside the proving ground area to a new location 100 yards north. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Dec. 2021 Boise is attracting people who want to relocate from expensive tech hubs like San Francisco, people for whom those prices may seem like a deal compared with pricing in bigger cities. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021 In the spring of 2016, Holly Alcott White was preparing to relocate from Taos, New Mexico to Albuquerque to join her husband, who had just started a new job there. NBC News, 5 Dec. 2021 The company has agreed to donate a floor of space in the tower to MassChallenge, the nonprofit startup accelerator, which will relocate from a building on Drydock Avenue in January. Globe Staff,, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of relocate

1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Relocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of relocate

: to move to a new place

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