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 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 If need be, teams will temporarily relocate to neutral arenas in cities not their own. New York Times, "Upcoming N.H.L. Season Will Have Flashes of Other Difficult Eras," 1 Jan. 2021 Firms hesitated to relocate their facilities eastward, which discouraged shippers from sailing there. Richard Campanella,, "acquisition of 1,100 acres," 1 Jan. 2021 The current plan invites any Russians willing to relocate themselves in Siberia and the Far East, including in the Birobidzhan area of the Jewish Autonomous Region, to buy properties at 2% interest. Sergey Ponomarev, ProPublica, "The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World," 16 Dec. 2020 The owner of the property received court permission to sell the property and the couple must relocate. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater Notebook: Local theater artists create gifts, fundraisers for the holidays," 14 Dec. 2020 Non-technical corporate jobs including human resources, the legal department and communications will relocate to Texas. Roland Li,, "HPE, a touchstone of Silicon Valley, moving headquarters to Houston to save costs, recruit talent," 2 Dec. 2020 Scarpello will relocate to Dallas and begin working Dec. 7. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Michael Scarpello will be Dallas County’s new elections chief," 2 Dec. 2020 The Orem Owlz will relocate to Windsor, Colo., and become the Northern Colorado Owlz. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ogden Raptors remain, while the Orem Owlz move to Colorado," 30 Nov. 2020 The equivalent of three people per day relocate from London to Thanet, the area comprising Margate and Ramsgate. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pushed by pandemic, Londoners answer call of low-cost country life," 20 Nov. 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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“Relocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relocate

: to move to a new place

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