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 This already happened during the pandemic when a number of places rolled out the red carpet to entice people to relocate there and work remotely. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 This latest addition of 350 ZF members is actually a minimum growth as Stellantis employees relocate and new ZF employees get hired. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 9 Oct. 2021 AleCraft Brewery plans to relocate its hop operation and open a brewery in Railroad borough in York County, less than 5 miles from the Mason-Dixon line, vice president Brad Streett announced Wednesday. James Whitlow,, 1 Sep. 2021 Wallis said officials were already seeking to relocate operations and begin assembling repair teams. Will Englund, Marc Fisher And Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2021 The board voted in May to relocate Confederate flags from a busy walking trail up the side of the mountain and create a museum exhibit that acknowledges the site’s connection to the Ku Klux Klan. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 Many human rights defenders who have to work underground in countries like Afghanistan generally have to relocate often and have to change phones regularly. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 18 Aug. 2021 That same month, Owen worked with Taylor to relocate and hide a vehicle in a garage, then file another false police report, the indictment alleges. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 The university plans instead to relocate and restore them — at least for now. Jack Wolfsohn, National Review, 9 Aug. 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 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relocate

: to move to a new place

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