re·​lo·​cate (ˌ)rē-ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce relocate (audio)
relocated; relocating; relocates

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to move to a new location
(ˌ)rē-ˈlō-ˌkā-tə-bəl How to pronounce relocate (audio)
relocation 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The three-day market (Oct. 25-27) will relocate from Ikkebukuro to the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center (aka Hamamatsucho-Kan) in Hamamatsucho district. Patrick Frater, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 When a Metro station arrived and real estate prices went up, the hub relocated to Falls Church, which is now home to Eden Center, the largest Vietnamese American strip mall on the East Coast. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 The Florida Court has already entered an order that restricts both parents from relocating the children. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 Originally located in the Bronx, the gym relocated to Brooklyn in 1987 and claims to have welcomed more than 130 champions during its illustrious history, including Jake LaMotta, Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Mike Tyson. Ben Wyatt, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2023 Even San Diego State, which was once San Diego Normal School [a training facility for school teachers], those buildings are no longer there and they got relocated. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 The lawsuit claims the couple entered a contract to sell their Miami home on April 16 after relocating to England a week earlier, around the time when Turner began filming the mini-series Joan and Jonas launched the Five Albums. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 Sony’s Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the Marvel antihero, relocated from Oct. 6 to next August, while Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Dune: Part Two moved from Nov. 3 to March 2024. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2023 Shakira had just relocated to Florida in the wake of her breakup, and Butler plays for the Miami Heat. Glamour, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of relocate was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Relocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​lo·​cate (ˈ)rē-ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce relocate (audio)
: to locate again
: to move to a new location
relocate a factory
relocation noun

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