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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Originally built in 1959 in Chewelah, Washington, and relocated to Idaho in 1983, the bright red home is described as an immersive deep-forest getaway for adventurous couples. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Treehouse Airbnb Comes With Its Own Sauna for $200 a Night," 22 May 2019 Satisfied the surfaces are clean(er) and having relocated the airplane pillow/blanket to the overhead compartment, Altschul visits the lavatory to wash her hands before touching anything in her carry on and settling in for the flight. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 But on the question of whether people afflicted by a disaster should relocate or rebuild, Grochowski choked up and recalled her own brush with disaster, a tornado that struck her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 She was discovered in Budapest, and then relocated to Asia where her career began to take off. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barbara Palvin is the Newest Victoria's Secret Angel," 14 Mar. 2019 Animals that test positive are sent to slaughter while those that test negative are quarantined for additional testing with plans to relocate them to Indian reservations. Amy Beth Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Yellowstone superintendent won’t consider visitor caps," 23 Oct. 2018 The family has gone through ups and downs, most recently matriarch Ami Brown’s lung cancer—and have relocated to the wilds of Washington state. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘Alaskan Bush People' Cast: How Well Do You Know the Brown Family?," 23 Sep. 2018 In 1972, Motown founder Berry Gordy hired him and relocated him to Los Angeles to become the label’s director of electronic research and development. Randall Roberts,, "Raymond Scott, the musical genius you probably don't know, is getting his own L.A. festival," 28 June 2018 Savino attributed the increase in part to Hurricane Maria, which slammed into Puerto Rico and prompted many to flee the island and relocate to Central Florida. Leslie Postal,, "Orange County homeless student count tops 9,600," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of relocate

1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of relocate

: to move to a new place

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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